Achilles Tendon

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot Doctors, Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

If you’re suffering from aching calf, heel, or foot pain, it could be a sign of a tendon injury, such as Achilles tendonitis. With their dedication to helping patients recover from lingering tendon pain, Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center offer comprehensive care for the most complex of tendon injuries. Book your evaluation at the Boca Raton or Boynton, Florida, office by clicking on the online booking feature or by calling either clinic to speak with a team member.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon injuries?

Achilles tendon injuries in your lower leg, as well as other tendon issues like peroneal tendon conditions in your foot, can occur for a variety of reasons, from overuse to acute injury.

One of the most common reasons you may be experiencing tendon soreness in your foot, heel, or calf is because you didn’t warm up properly before exercise, or because you suddenly increased your workout intensity. Tendon inflammation, especially Achilles tendonitis, is especially common among weekend warriors.

In some cases though, Achilles tendon injuries, or even foot and ankle tendon injuries, occur because of:

  • Overuse or repetitive use, as with runners
  • Trauma, such as a slip and fall
  • Excessive pronation
  • Degenerative tears
  • Flatfeet

Your Achilles tendon injury, or similar tendon issue, is likely going to worsen with each step you take. This is why it’s important to have an evaluation as soon as symptoms begin.

When should I see a doctor for Achilles tendon pain?

Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, posterior tibial tendon, or other types of tendon injuries in your foot, ankle, or lower leg, are known for causing debilitating pain. If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, schedule an exam at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center right away.

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Weakness
  • Ankle instability
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

The practice’s highly skilled podiatrists, Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus, use digital X-ray or ultrasound imaging right in the office to help them determine exactly which tendon is injured and which course of treatment may be best.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Achilles tendon injuries, or any foot and ankle injuries for that matter, take time to heal. But Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus work diligently to find solutions that provide fast relief, while also helping your ankle heal. Your tendon injury treatment plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Casting, bracing, or splinting
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Compression wrapping
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints

If you have a partial tendon tear or complete tendon rupture, you might need surgery. This type of procedure involves repairing or grafting your damaged tissues with modern surgical solutions, such as the GRAFTJACKET™, to provide support and reinforcement so you can return to full functionality.

With so many Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, posterior tibial tendon, and other tendon treatment options available at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, including minimally invasive surgery, you can expect a full recovery.

Before living another day with Achilles tendon pain, book an exam at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Click on the online scheduler or call either location to book.