San Francisco Podiatrist – Achilles Tendon
The Achilles tendon is the power connection between the legs and feet, allowing use of the leg muscles for walking and running. It is the largest tendon in the body. Injuries to this major tendon can happen slowly over time or quickly in a one-time incident. Common Achilles disorders include tendinitis and tendonosis, conditions marked by tenderness, pain, stiffness and/or swelling to the area. Athletes and manual laborers are especially at risk for these injuries due to overuse, high impact, lack of stretching or improper footwear. Aging individuals are also susceptible due to reduced flexibility and blood flow to the area. An Achilles rupture is a more serious injury, and requires immediate attention. If a person feels or hears a pop in the tendon, and is unable to push weight off of the foot, a rupture may have occurred.
Treatment for Achilles injuries range from basic home care to surgical procedures. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication are used to treat minor conditions. Serious injuries to the tendon can require physical therapy, orthotic supports or surgery. San Francisco Podiatric physicians evaluate pain and range of motion, and often use X-Rays or MRIs to evaluate the degree of damage.