After reading last week’s blog about Plantar Fasciitis, do you think your heel pain is something else? Is it in the back of your heel as opposed to the bottom? Achilles Tendonitis may be your diagnosis!
The Achilles tendon, also called the heel cord, is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground. As an overuse disorder, the tendonitis can be caused by a sudden increase of a repetitive activity involving the tendon. Athletes as well as “weekend warriors” are at a high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles. Additionally, people with excessively flat feet have a tendency to develop Achilles tendonitis due to the greater demands placed on the tendon when walking – especially if they wear shoes without adequate stability.
Dr. Mendoza can determine the extent of the condition with x-rays, ultrasound, or an MRI, and will develop the best treatment plan for you based on the degree of damage to the tendon. Surgical repair is only necessary when the tendon has ruptured, but is a last resort when an injection, immobilization, icing, oral anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy fail to be effective.