With every step you take, you rely on a large tendon that connects your calf to your heel. This tendon — your Achilles tendon — plays a crucial role in keeping you mobile. While this tough band of tissue is uniquely able to withstand the force of your gait as you walk and run, excessive use can take its toll.
Specifically, it can cause inflammation in the tendon, resulting in Achilles tendonitis. Left untreated, this condition can worsen to the point that it immobilizes you. Pay a visit to Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, and we won’t let that happen.
At our office in Laveen, Arizona, Kyle Durfey, DPM, and Brian Hiapo, DPM, offer dedicated care for Achilles tendonitis. Here are the signs that indicate you should pay us a visit.
Signs of Achilles tendonitis
Because your Achilles tendon runs down the back of each calf and connects to your heel, you can feel Achilles tendonitis anywhere along the lower back of your leg or the back of your foot. Most commonly, Achilles tendonitis feels like an aching pain or stiffness in your calf or heel.
Discomfort in the morning is a telltale sign of this condition. If you wake up and hesitate to get out of bed because you know putting pressure on your feet will result in heel or calf pain, you may be living with Achilles tendonitis.
Additionally, activity can worsen the condition. If you feel calf or heel pain after physical activity, or it worsens throughout the day, it’s highly likely that you’re dealing with Achilles tendonitis.
The inflammation in your tendon can also result in swelling along the back of your leg or above your heel. If you observe your tendon thickening, make an appointment with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center right away.
People who most commonly get Achilles tendonitis
Usually, Achilles tendonitis results from overuse. Runners and athletes commonly experience this tendon inflammation, as do people who suddenly increase their activity level. If you join a sports league and soon thereafter notice stiffness or pain in your heel or calf, make an appointment at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center.
Aging and bone spurs can also contribute to the development of Achilles tendonitis. Because there is a wide range of causes for this condition, it’s worth talking to Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo about any discomfort you’re feeling, even if you can’t identify something that would have caused inflammation in your tendon.
When you visit our office, we’ll work with you to find the right treatment to relieve your tendonitis. Treatment may include any of the following:
- Immobilization of the area
- Physical therapy
- Injection-based treatment
Most cases of Achilles tendonitis can resolve in a few days if treated early. Left untreated, this condition can worsen and require more downtime and more extensive treatment.
Don’t wait to get care for your heel or calf pain. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today.