Achilles Tendon Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

Your Achilles tendon may be the strongest tendon in your body, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from injury. At Nashville Podiatry, with offices in Nashville, Gallatin, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, the experienced podiatry team provides expert care for Achilles tendon injuries and conditions to support health and healing so you can get back to your favorite activities. For management of your Achilles tendon condition, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

Located at the back of your heel, your Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscle to your heel bone. Your Achilles tendon plays an essential role in helping you walk, run, and jump. While your tough tendon can handle up to 1,000 pounds of stress, it’s still prone to injury.

What are common Achilles tendon conditions?

There are many common injuries and conditions that affect the Achilles tendon. Some of the most common treated by the experts at Nashville Podiatry include:

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendon that develops from overuse. Athletes are prone to this type of injury. Achilles tendinitis usually starts with mild pain while you exercise that gradually worsens.

Xanthomas of the Achilles tendon

Xanthomas are cholesterol deposits that appear in the Achilles tendon. You may be at risk for this condition if you have high cholesterol.

Achilles rupture

Achilles rupture refers to the tearing of the tendon from your heel or calf. Athletes between the ages of 30 and 50 are most at risk for this injury.

Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the type of Achilles condition you have. Your examination may include a review of your symptoms, discussion of when you started to notice the symptoms, physical exam, and evaluation of your foot and ankle.

Your specialist may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to rule out or confirm a diagnosis.

What treatments can help my Achilles tendon heal?

Treatment for your Achilles tendon condition may depend on the underlying cause. Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry creates individualized treatment plans to ensure you get the most effective care.

With Achilles tendinitis, your treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy

For xanthomas of the Achilles tendon, your specialist may need to take a biopsy of the cholesterol deposit to determine the best course of treatment.

If you’ve experienced an Achilles rupture, you may need to keep your foot in a flexed position in a cast to help the tissue heal. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery if you lead an active lifestyle.

An Achilles tendon condition requires expert care. Call Nashville Podiatry today or request an appointment online to get help for your  Achilles tendon condition.