How do I know if I have Achilles tendinitis?

While you can’t make a positive diagnosis yourself—that will require a visit to our office for a professional evaluation (via physical exam and possibly an X-ray or MRI)—there are definitely some telltale signs that can point you in the right direction.

Most cases begin as a mild ache. The targeted spot is usually either in the back of the leg, or else just above the heel, at the spot where the tendon inserts into the heel bone. You may notice it first after a run, a workout, or playing a sport (particularly one with running and jumping). Over time the pain, stiffness, and tenderness may get worse. Discomfort is typically most prevalent in the early morning, or after periods of intense activity.

If you notice any of these symptoms, or any other painful problems with your feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute for a full evaluation and review of treatment options. To see us in Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX, dial 512-593-2949.