If you experience pain in your calf muscle, you may have injured your Achilles tendon. It connects the heel bone to the calf muscles, and is known to be the largest tendon in the body. An injury may occur as a result of partaking in specific sporting activities. Additionally, there may be medical conditions that may cause an Achilles tendon injury, which may include gout or other forms of arthritis. There are noticeable symptoms that often accompany this type of injury. Some patients feel pain in the heel area of the foot, and may have difficulty in pointing the toes downward. After a correct diagnosis is performed that confirms a torn Achilles tendon, correct treatment may begin, which may include surgery or non-surgical options. If you feel you may have ruptured your Achilles tendon, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.