we love to get moving and enjoy the great outdoors! However, injuries like Achilles tendinitis can be an unfortunate side effect of all that history. Although your Achilles may be strong, it’s not indestructible. When overused over an extended period of time, the tendon can become irritated, inflamed, or even torn. This leads to pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the “heel cord” at the back of the leg—especially in the morning, after activities like running or climbing stairs, or even the day after vigorous exercise.
Achilles tendinitis usually isn’t caused by a single, obvious injury. Instead, it is caused by repetitive motions or overuse. Certain activities can strain the tendon, and if you don’t give it enough rest time between activities, the wear and tear builds up slowly over time.
Activities and risk factors linked with increased rates of Achilles tendinitis include:
Mild cases of tendinitis can often be treated at home. Pain that does not go away or becomes severe enough to affect your day-to-day life should be examined by our team of podiatric sports medicine specialists.
At home, manage your condition using the RICE protocol:
Make sure you also evaluate your footwear and training choices, and make any necessary changes to your equipment or routine before you get back to activity. With any luck, these self-care strategies may be all you need. However, if pain persists, please come see us.
At Canyon Foot & Ankle, we have you covered with effective treatments for Achilles tendinitis—including advanced regenerative techniques. Even if your tendinitis pain is severe, we can help you get back to full speed as quickly as possible. Potential treatment options may include:
As always, we personalize every treatment to fit the unique needs of each patient. And we pride ourselves on offering the latest and greatest evidence-based treatments—you don’t need to go to the big city to get advanced care. If pain in your heel cord is bothering you and keeping you from staying active, please call Canyon Foot & Ankle today.