Your Achilles tendon is essential for your athleticism. With a namesake like that you know that this tendon will support you and turn you into a warrior on the field, road, or trails. The problem is that when something goes wrong and your tendon is injured, you could be stopped from doing the things you love.
Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of your Achilles tendon. This tendon is found in the back of your leg, connecting your ankle to your calf. When tendonitis hits, the pain is undeniable. Staying aware of the symptoms will help you get the fast treatment you need.
Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms You Can’t Ignore
When it comes to Achilles tendonitis, the pain is hard to ignore. Activities that you used to enjoy suddenly become difficult or impossible because your Achilles tendon aches, throbs, and stiffens.
Some of the most telltale signs that you have Achilles tendonitis include:
- Immobility (or reduced mobility)
- Pain when moving or active
- Pain when you get out of bed each morning
- A popping noise or sensation (this is a sign of something serious)
These can all occur with overuse. Running, jumping, or doing any type of repetitive motion with your Achilles tendon can inflame it. This injury becomes worse the more you continue to use your tendon. When you’re out for a run, walking the dog, or just going about your regular errands, the pain and throbbing you’ll feel may become unbearable.
The pain is not only present when you’re moving. At night, when you’re resting, your tendon will stiffen to prevent more overuse and further injury. When you go to get out of bed in the morning, you’ll feel this stiffening and know that something is wrong. It’s time to see a podiatrist.
Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis
Ignoring the symptoms will not make Achilles tendonitis disappear. As soon as you know that something isn’t quite right with the back of your ankle, you should seek treatment. The longer you wait, the more you put your body at risk of a severe injury that might take longer to treat.
Diagnosing Achilles tendonitis is fast and easy. Dr. Gasparini will order a few imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs. This will give him a good idea of how severe your injury has become so that he can decide on a proper course of action.
Depending on what he determines, you will be advised to do at least one of the following to help your body heal:
- Immobilize your tendon using a splint or brace.
- Take anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and ice your tendon.
- Wear custom orthotics to give your foot and ankle support while you heal.
- Undergo physical therapy to restore mobility and prevent future injury.
Sometimes, surgery is required to help with your recovery. The longer you wait, the more your chances of needing surgery increase. Seeing Dr. Gasparini when you first detect your symptoms is vital.
Make the Call. Get the Care.
We get it. Seeing a doctor for an annoyingly painful injury like Achilles tendonitis (or other conditions) is not fun. You worry that you will be kept off your feet. The reality is, the longer you wait to get treatment, the greater your chances that you will be kept from your favorite activities while you get treatment.
Call the Foot Specialists of Long Island today at (516) 804-9038 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gasparini. The sooner you get in, the more we can do to help with your treatment.