How do I know if I have Achilles tendinitis or a tear?

Most often, Achilles tendinitis comes on gradually, mainly because of overuse. Repetitive stress on the tendon causes it to become irritated, inflamed, red, and tender to the touch. The discomfort worsens with activity, especially running and jumping, and makes even walking difficult. Rest, ice, and stretches are usually enough to find relief.

An Achilles rupture, on the other hand, often happens suddenly and causes extreme, sharp pain. You may even hear a popping sound or feel it snap. Most times, you will not be able to bear weight on your foot, and your calf will be affected as well. It is difficult to stand on your toes or bend your foot downward. Surgery is typically necessary to restore strength and function.

If your Achilles tendon is bothering you, it’s best to make an appointment so we can assess the problem and get you on the right treatment plan. Call our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX office by dialing (512) 593-2949.