Advanced Ankle Care For Your Best Foot Health
If you are experiencing pain in your heel, it may be caused by Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This heel condition may develop after an increase in activity, exercise, or stress to your feet and/or legs. If left untreated, it can become chronic Achilles tendinosis. Thankfully, our podiatrists offer effective Achilles tendinitis treatment in Bethesda, MD, and Springfield, VA.
What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon connects the calf to the heel bone. It can become tight if you don’t exercise frequently or it may be naturally tight due to genetic factors, putting you at risk for strain or sports injury. Injury to the Achilles tendon is painful and common in runners.
What Are the Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?
Patients suffering from Achilles tendinitis may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Pain & swelling in your calf or heel
- Decreased range of motion in your leg or heel
- Difficulty flexing your foot
- Tight calf muscles
- Warmth or tenderness in your heel or foot
Treatment options include rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the affected foot. Another advanced treatment option we offer is ESWT (Extracorporeal shock wave therapy), also known as shock wave therapy. ESWT is a non-invasive method to treat both acute and chronic foot and heel pain — it works hand-in-hand with other regenerative treatments and effectively relieves pain caused by connective tissue disorders, such as Achilles tendinitis. Ask our podiatrist about ESWT during your evaluation.
It’s important to stay off of the injured foot and be evaluated by our podiatrist. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve the pain and prevent the development of Achilles tendinosis, a degenerative condition where a chronically damaged, inflamed Achilles tendon becomes thick and scarred.
If you believe you have Achilles tendinitis or another Achilles tendon condition or injury, contact our office as soon as possible. We will perform a comprehensive diagnostic exam and discuss your recommended treatment options.
Contact Our Office for Achilles Tendinitis Treatment in Bethesda, MD & Springfield, VA
To experience our 5-star-rated podiatric care, schedule your New Patient Consultation today by calling (301) 656-6055 to reach our Bethesda, MD, office or (703) 451-2977 to reach our Springfield, VA, office. You may also click here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Discuss Your Goals
- Complete Exam & Diagnosis
- Discuss Your Options
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!