Achilles tendon injuries are damage to your Achilles tendon. This tough, fibrous cord connects your heel to the back part of your lower leg.
These injuries, which often include Achilles tendinitis and Achilles tendon tears, can cause swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and severe pain. Seeking treatment by the Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute team can ensure that you heal correctly and recover fully after your injury.
Achilles tendon injuries are common sports injuries. If you experience this type of injury, you’ll notice:
The amount of pain, swelling, and stiffness you experience will depend on the specific type of Achilles tendon injury you have and how severe it is. Risk factors for Achilles tendon injuries include older age, being male, being overweight, playing sports, and taking certain medicines.
Long-term steroid use in the form of joint injections also makes you vulnerable to Achilles tendon injuries.
To diagnose the type and severity of Achilles tendon injuries, the Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute team will ask you about your medical history and symptoms. They’ll examine your ankle joint and could suggest X-rays, an MRI, ultrasound, or other imaging procedures to help them make a final diagnosis.
Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute provides personalized Achilles tendon injury treatments to match your needs and preferences. They will recommend one or more of the following:
At-home steps you can take to speed up healing include icing your ankle, taking over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories, and resting your ankle joint. Your doctor could ask you to wear a supportive boot and/or use crutches.
Your orthopedic specialist might recommend taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation while an Achilles tendon injury heals.
Physical therapy exercises and stretches can reduce Achilles tendinitis symptoms, speed up healing, and lessen your risk of reinjury.
Wearing orthotics (customized shoe inserts) can reposition your heel to relieve Achilles tendon strain and discomfort while the injury heals.
Suppose your Achilles tendon is severely damaged or torn. In that case, your orthopedic specialist will recommend you undergo surgery to repair the tendon and regain your normal ankle function.
Don’t live with an Achilles tendon injury and its crippling pain. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute by phone or online today.