If you’re a runner or regularly involved in sports, you may be at an increased risk of developing Achilles tendonitis. At Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina, Roxanne Burgess, DPM, offers in-office diagnostic testing and customized treatment services for pain and immobility that results from Achilles tendonitis. Dr. Burgess uses innovative technologies, including class IV lasers, to help you find long-lasting pain relief. Schedule a diagnostic consultation for pain relating to Achilles tendonitis by calling Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists or by booking an appointment online today.

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What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a condition that results when damage occurs to your Achilles tendon, the structure that connects the lower half of your calf muscles to your heel bone.

Damage to the Achilles tendon is most often due to overuse of the tendon or because you aren’t warming up properly before activity. Stretching this tendon too far can result in tissue tears that cause inflammation and pain. With continued movement, tears can worsen and lead to debilitating pain.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis typically causes a mild ache in the back of your leg, just above your heel. Over time, this pain can become more frequent and severe, especially if you continue engaging in strenuous exercise.

When pain becomes serious enough to interfere with your usual activities, it’s time to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Burgess.

How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?

During your evaluation for Achilles tendonitis, Dr. Burgess reviews your medical history and discusses the activities you do regularly that trigger or worsen your pain.

To rule out other conditions, like fractures, Dr. Burgess may request imaging tests, like ultrasound or X-rays.

Once she confirms Achilles tendonitis, Dr. Burgess designs a treatment plan that focuses on protecting the health of your tendon and providing you with long-lasting relief of pain.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Initially, you may benefit from icing and massaging the area to ease pain. You also need to give your tendon time to rest by limiting your activities and elevating your leg when sitting.

Dr. Burgess may recommend anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to increase your comfort. She also offers a variety of custom orthotics that help relieve unnecessary stress on your foot and ankle to prevent overstressing the tendon.

At Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists, class IV laser therapy is also available to relieve pain and strengthen your muscles surrounding the Achilles tendon. Laser energy reduces inflammation and pain, and can improve your overall mobility.

If the overuse of the Achilles tendon leads to a rupture in the tissue, Dr. Burgess may suggest surgery to remove damaged tissue and reconnect the tendon to your bones.

In addition to your treatment, Dr. Burgess can work with you on stretching and warm-up exercises to prevent new injuries in your Achilles tendon.

If you have persistent pain above your heel, especially after running or other physical activity, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for Achilles tendonitis. You can call Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists or request an appointment online today.