Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Colorado Springs, CO
Tendonitis is a common injury that frequently affects the Achilles tendon. If you experience pain in your heel or ankle, the specialists at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provide both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Led by expert podiatrists Matthew Hinderland, DPM, Jordan Cameron, DPM, Trevor Whiting, DPM, Tyler Gloschat, DPM, and Joseph Fleck, DPM, the practice specializes in compassionate, patient-centered care. To speak with a specialist about your ankle injury, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Tendonitis Q & A
What is Achilles tendonitis?
Your heel bone and calf muscles are connected by a band of tissue called the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis happens as a result of overuse of the Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendonitis commonly affects athletes and people who play weekend sports and is caused by intense or repetitive activity that strains the Achilles tendon. If left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can lead to degeneration of the Achilles tendon known as Achilles tendinosis.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation to your Achilles tendon. Symptoms include aching pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon, which runs from your calf muscles to the top of your heel.
Achilles tendonitis pain typically occurs after long periods of rest (like getting out of bed in the morning) and worsens with increased activity.
If you experience symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, speak with one of the specialists at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado to avoid further damage to your Achilles tendon.
The practice offers several safe and effective treatments designed to relieve your pain and restore the health and function of your Achilles tendon.
How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?
Treatment for your Achilles tendonitis depends on the extent of your injury. To diagnose your condition, your doctor performs an in-depth evaluation including a physical exam and imaging tests.
Your doctor takes the time to work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado offers many conservative and surgical treatments for Achilles tendonitis.
What treatments are available?
In most cases, your Achilles tendonitis can be addressed with nonsurgical treatment. Your personalized treatment plan may include:
- Ice therapy
- Pain medication
- Night splints
- Physical therapy
- Regenerative medicine
Nonsurgical therapy focuses on limiting your inflammation and promoting healing of your damaged tendon. If your condition is severe or unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment, you may require surgery to repair your Achilles tendon.
The physicians at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado are trained in many advanced surgical techniques including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
To find out which treatment is right for you, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.
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