Achilles Tendon Pain is Serious! Don't Let It Stop You From Moving!

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Houston podiatrist treats Achilles tendon painOne of the most painful and frustrating injuries of the foot and ankle involves pain in the back of the foot and ankle. The pain is often caused by an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, known as Achilles tendinitis. The Achilles tendon is a very strong tendon in the leg that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is responsible for the movement of the foot and ankle in running, walking, and all other sports.

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury, caused by excessive pulling of the tendon. This can occur because of starting a new exercise or training program, or not having enough rest or recovery time. Overpronation, or flat feet, also causes excessive pulling of the tendon which will lead to pain or inflammation. Studies also have shown that women who wear high heels regularly will have shortening of the Achilles tendon leading to increased tension.

What can you do if you start feeling pain in your Achilles tendon? Applying the "RICE" principle is helpful. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It's also important to be sure you are wearing the proper running or athletic shoes for your exercise and foot type.

If you continue to feel pain, there is much that can be done by your Houston foot and ankle specialists. Other treatments can include prescription medication, ankle supports, custom orthotics, shockwave therapy, night splints, physical therapy, and more. Early treatment for Achilles tendon pain is the best chance for a full and complete recovery in the quickest time possible. Contact our Houston podiatry offices for an immediate appointment.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.