Achilles Tendinitis

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatry & Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX

Achilles tendinitis can turn into a disabling injury without appropriate care. Fortunately, your body’s built-in warning system tells you when it’s time to get off your feet and get to Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano. At their facilities in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, the team of providers offer highly advanced Achilles tendinitis treatments to stimulate rapid healing and full recovery. Call the office nearest you or click on the online appointment booking tool now.

Achilles Tendinitis Q & A

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis, one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain, occurs when your Achilles tendon is inflamed.

Your Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body. It starts at the end of your calf muscle and connects to your heel bone, so it can cause pain anywhere along the back of your leg, heel, or rearfoot area. 


What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Overuse and sports injuries are the most common causes of Achilles tendinitis. Sports that require athletes to put stress repeatedly on the Achilles tendon, like running, are more likely to cause this kind of tendinitis. 

You may experience Achilles tendinitis if you increase the duration or intensity of your exercise regimen. Failing to warm up before exercise and using poor form while working out are both possible causes of Achilles tendinitis, as well. 

As you age, you may be more prone to Achilles tendinitis because the tendon weakens over time. 


What are the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis usually starts out as a mild soreness or ache in the back of your lower leg. Usually, the pain starts after intense physical activity, like running. 

Often, the pain is worse the next day. Moving your foot can worsen the pain, and you could have some swelling and stiffness around the heel as well. 

These symptoms don’t just go away on their own, at least not quickly. If you keep exercising after noticing Achilles tendinitis symptoms, you risk incapacitating complications like Achilles tendon rupture.


How do you heal from Achilles tendinitis?

At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, the first treatments for Achilles tendinitis are usually conservative, and may include physical therapy, custom orthotics, and strapping along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. 

If conservative care doesn’t yield results and your Achilles tendonitis doesn’t heal for over three months, the team often recommends extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). 

ESWT is a noninvasive treatment in which ultrasound shockwaves launch an intensified healing response in your Achilles tendon. The healing response includes growth factor release and stem cell recruitment to help you rebuild the damaged and weak tendon. 

ESWT also promotes improved blood flow to your Achilles tendon, which helps break down any scar tissue buildup in the area over time. 

Studies show that many Achilles tendonitis sufferers experience complete symptom relief in just 1-3 treatment sessions. This nonoperative treatment may be the very best way to heal your tendon and return to your life as soon as possible. 

If you have pain in the back of your leg or heel, stop exercising and start reaching out for help. Just call Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, or click online booking for support now.