The Achilles tendon—a rope-like band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel—is under near-constant stress from standing, walking, and running. Although it is designed to withstand the rigors of daily activities, it can become damaged through repetitive use. For instance, Achilles tendinitis is a common injury that develops when the protective sheath surrounding this strong tendon becomes irritated and inflamed.
Heel pain is a hallmark sign of Achilles tendinitis. Usually, pain is felt at the back of the heel whenever the injured tendon is forced to suddenly stretch after an extended period of inactivity. Swelling and stiffness may also develop in the ankle and lower leg. If you have symptoms of Achilles tendinitis, you can see an experienced foot and ankle specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, where you can receive orthopedic care worthy of Wyoming.
What Are the Treatment Options for Achilles Tendinitis?
The team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers takes a conservative approach to the treatment of Achilles tendon injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. In general, we consider surgery only as a last resort for addressing severe or persistent symptoms. If we confirm that the cause of your pain is Achilles tendinitis, we may suggest that you:
- Temporarily avoid any activities that cause or worsen your pain
- Wear a brace or cast to immobilize your ankle while your damaged tendon heals
- Apply an ice pack to your painful heel a few times a day
- Perform a regimen of gentle stretches
- Use a custom shoe orthotic to help prevent the overstretching of your Achilles tendon
- Take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) as needed
A full recovery from Achilles tendinitis can take time, and it will be important for you to stay as active as possible to maintain your fitness level as your injury heals. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may benefit from a customized physical therapy program. A variety of services are available from the experienced team of physical therapists at our Laramie location.
To learn more about Achilles tendinitis or to request an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor in Rock Springs, WY, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today.