The tendons are cords made of collagen tissue that connect the muscle to the bone. One of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain that patients see a professional Bergen Beach podiatrist like Dr. Howard Dinowitz for is called Achilles tendonitis. This painful condition is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendonitis is a very unpleasant condition to deal with. Since the Achilles tendon connects the calve muscles to the heel bone, and runs down the lower leg, Achilles tendonitis causes pain in the muscles in more than one area. Achilles tendonitis occurs when there is too much strain put on the tendon and consequently, it becomes inflamed. Achilles tendonitis (or tendonitis) is often a result of an injury. The condition is a result of microtears that occur in the tendon during high impact, strenuous exercise like running. If left untreated, the tendon can tear or rupture. The treatment for Achilles tendonitis varies depending on the severity of the case and will also depend on whether or not the patient is a professional athlete or not. Typically, in minor cases, the Bergen Beach podiatrist may recommend rest as well as adjusting or lessening the patient’s exercise routine. Other common treatment recommendations for minor cases include: applying icepacks when the patient is in pain and after exercising, elevating the foot, pain relief medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections like cortisone may be used to reduce tendon swelling, compression badges and orthotic devices such as shoe inserts and ankle supports, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy can be used to stimulate the healing process. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgery can repair the damage done to the tendon and is usually recommended if the pain has continued for 6 months or more.
If you have tendon or muscle pain, you should see our expert Bergen Beach podiatrist. Contact our office right now so we can set up your appointment.