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Achilles Tendonitis

Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Del City, OK

Your Achilles tendon, one of the largest tendons in your body, connects your heel bone at the back of your foot to your calf muscles. Between overuse issues and acute injuries, you can develop inflammation (Achilles tendinitis), which is easily treatable with the help of the expert podiatrists at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute. Schedule your Achilles tendinitis evaluation at our Del City-based practice before your condition worsens. Book your visit online or over the phone.

Achilles Tendonitis Q & A

What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis means that your tendon is inflamed. This inflammation can lead to unbearable pain, which can ultimately prevent participation in sports, exercise, and even work. You can develop Achilles tendinitis due to:

  • Having overpronation and flat arches
  • Running on an uneven surface
  • Being unconditioned and then training suddenly (known as weekend warriors)
  • Participating in extreme activities that stress your feet and ankles, like distance running

No matter what’s causing your Achilles tendinitis, it’s important to have it evaluated as soon as symptoms start. Otherwise, the condition is highly likely to get worse.3 

How do I know if I have Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis can lead to severe discomfort that runs all the way down the back of your leg and into your heel at the back of your foot. You may experience:

  • Stiffening
  • Aching
  • Soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Intense pain

Symptoms are likely going to be worse after periods of activity, from casual walking to intense workouts. Without proper treatment, chronic Achilles tendinitis can progress and lead to permanent tendon degeneration, a condition known as Achilles tendinosis. Before your Achilles tendinitis gets to this point, start your treatment plan at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute.

What is the treatment for Achilles tendinitis?

It takes time for inflammation in such a large tendon to subside, especially because you move it with each step you take. With the help of the top podiatrists at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute, you can get help recovering from Achilles tendinitis and train to be able to return to sports and exercise. Your Achilles tendinitis treatment plan may include:

  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Bracing or casting
  • Sports conditioning
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

While uncommon, sometimes surgical intervention is needed to repair a severely damaged Achilles tendon. Rest assured, the team of foot and ankle surgeons at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute can help you return to full function after Achilles tendon surgery, if that’s indeed the best option.  

Before living another day with Achilles tendinitis discomfort, schedule your exam at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute. Click on the online scheduler or call your closest clinic directly.