Identifying and Treating Achilles Tendinitis

We’ve got a few months yet before the blazing summer heat really starts to kick in, but with temperatures starting to warm up a bit and spring promising more glorious 75-degree days, it’s a great time to be outside and enjoying some outdoor sports and exercise.

An increase in activity, though, can also lead to an increase in injury rates, particularly for those who spent most of the winter enjoying the great indoors and are now trying to make up for lost time. That’s one of the hallmarks of Achilles tendinitis, for example.

Achilles tendinitis tends to first show its face as an ache in the back of the leg, often above the heel. This tends to get worse over time and during periods of activity, and may be accompanied by stiffness or tenderness. An overuse injury, Achilles tendinitis generally results from repetitive stress from too much impact exercise, particularly among those who have been sedentary for a while and are maybe going a little too hard, too soon with their athletic activities. Middle aged men are especially at risk, particularly if they have flat feet or stick to worn-out shoes.

Sound like you? If you’re experiencing the symptoms, and especially if you check some of the risk factor boxes, put Achilles tendinitis on your list of probably culprits.

Fortunately, this painful condition can be successfully treated, often through simple, non-invasive procedures. You may even be able to handle most of the treatment yourself by giving yourself a few weeks of rest and using ice, compression, or elevation techniques as necessary to reduce pain and swelling and give your tendon time to heal.

If self-care isn’t enough, though, or the problem keeps returning, seek out Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot and Ankle Institute. We’ll conduct a careful evaluation to confirm whether or not Achilles tendinitis is what we’re actually dealing with, and if so, we can provide more formal care remedies, such as prescribing medications, performing physical therapy, or providing pre-fabricated or custom orthotics to help compensate for any underlying foot structure issues that may be contributing to the recurrence of tendinitis.

We want you back on the field or the court as much as you do, so give us a call at 512-593-2949 today and let us help. You can also request an appointment online.

Posted on March 1, 2016 .