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Achilles Tendinitis

“A common source of ankle pain that is simply treated without surgery”

Achilles tendinitis is a very common condition that causes pain behind the  ankle. The Achilles tendon is the tendon that connects your calf muscles to  your heel and allows you to run and jump. It is the largest tendon in the body, and it often has to endure loads up to several times your body weight.  It most often affects young adults who are very active but can affect older  individuals who suddenly increase their activity.

Why your Achilles tendon hurts.

The degeneration and inflammation associated with repetitive overload of the Achilles tendon develops over a period of time. Like any injury, the pain is associated with increased blood flow to the area which accompanies inflammatory mediators. It is usually due to increased activity without proper calf muscle flexibility or adequate recovery time.

Symptoms

• Achilles tendon pain
• Achilles tendon swelling and/or thickening
• Pain that worsens with activity or the following day
• Pain improves with rest

If you are experiencing pain in the Achilles tendon you could be suffering from Achilles tendinitis. Our expert doctors at Spine & Sports Medicine of New York use innovative assessments to accurately diagnose the cause of your Achilles tendinitis.

Other diseases that can mimic Achilles tendinitis include:

• Fracture
• Bone spurs
• Muscle strain

Our Board-Certified Physicians Can Accurately Diagnose the Source of Your Pain

We conduct a thorough clinical evaluation to determine if the pain is generated from an Achilles tendinitis as well as other conditions that share similar symptoms. We begin our evaluation of your problem with a complete medical history using detailed information gathering tools followed by a focused physical examination. We then confirm our diagnosis with specialized tests which may include x-rays, CT, ultrasonography, or MRI.

“No surgery is needed to relieve your pain associated with Achilles tendinitis”

Treatments

In most cases, nonsurgical treatment options can result in complete  resolution of you Achilles tendinitis. Although the treatment may take up to six months before you see any effectiveness.
The first step in treatment is activity modification. It is important to decrease your workouts and walking speed to decrease the stress across the Achilles  tendon. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful to  decrease the pain associated with inflammation, although they should not be taken for more than several weeks without consulting us. If these do not  work, you may also try:
Heel lift– Using shoes with a small heel can also temporarily decrease the strain on the Achilles tendon.
Calf stretches– Place your hands on a stable wall and lean forward with one knee straight while your heel remains on the ground. Place the other leg in front with the knee bent. Then you push your hips toward
the wall keeping your heel on the ground. You hold the position for 10 seconds and relax feeling a stretch through the Achilles heel and calf
muscle. Repeat this 10 times.
Heel drops– Stand at the edge of a stair with just the front half of your  foot on the stair tread then slowly lower your heels to the lowest point
possible and hold for 10 seconds. You should feel a stretch in the  Achilles tendon and calf muscles. Repeat this 10 times.

Here’s what you can expect if one of our pain specialists treats your pain:

• Relief of pain to get you back to living.
• May be accompanied by physical therapy to stretch the calf muscles
• Body mechanics awareness to eliminate the source of the pain and improve your walking style
• Several treatment options available to target the root of the problem including a CAM boot trial and guided interventions such as platelet-rich plasma therapy
• Many patients gain considerable to complete relief with interventional procedures, yet we refrain from cortisone injections due to the risk of Achilles tendon rupture.
• No general anesthesia, surgery or prolonged recovery periods to slow you down from your busy schedule
• Thousands of patients have been helped by our innovative approach to Achilles tendinitis.

This sagittal ankle MRI demonstrates increased T2 signal at the Achilles tendon insertion on the calcaneous (arrows)

This sagittal ankle MRI demonstrates increased T2 signal at the Achilles tendon insertion on the calcaneous (arrows)

 

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