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Achilles Tendinitis: Understanding, Treating, and Recovering with Yeargain Foot & Ankle

Achilles tendinitis, a condition marked by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is a common overuse injury that can affect individuals from various walks of life. Whether you’re an avid runner, athlete, or simply someone on the move, understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Achilles tendinitis is crucial. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle in Dallas, our podiatry experts are here to guide you through this condition, offering insights into effective treatments and strategies for a successful recovery.

Causes of Achilles Tendinitis:

  • Overuse or Repetitive Stress: Commonly seen in runners and athletes who engage in repetitive activities stressing the Achilles tendon.
  • Sudden Increase in Physical Activity: Abruptly intensifying or prolonging physical activity can contribute to Achilles tendinitis.
  • Tight Calf Muscles: Lack of flexibility in the calf muscles can strain the Achilles tendon.
  • Inadequate Footwear: Poorly fitting shoes without proper support can contribute to tendon stress.
  • Structural Issues: Flat feet or high arches may alter biomechanics, increasing the risk of tendinitis.

Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis:

  • Pain and Stiffness: Along the back of the heel, particularly after periods of inactivity or intense activity.
  • Swelling and Tenderness: In the Achilles tendon area.
  • Gradual Onset: Symptoms develop over time and may worsen without intervention.

Treatment Options at Yeargain Foot & Ankle:

  • Rest and Ice:
    • Avoid activities that worsen symptoms.
    • Apply ice for 15-20 minutes to reduce inflammation.
  • Compression and Elevation:
    • Use compression bandages to minimize swelling.
    • Elevate the foot for added relief.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications:
    • Consult with our healthcare professionals before using over-the-counter NSAIDs for pain and inflammation.
  • Stretching Exercises:
    • Gentle calf muscle stretches to enhance flexibility and reduce strain on the Achilles tendon.
  • Physical Therapy:
    • Custom exercises and stretches to strengthen calf muscles and improve tendon function.
  • Orthotic Devices:
    • Custom or over-the-counter orthotic inserts for additional support and biomechanical correction.
  • Footwear Modification:
    • Wear supportive shoes with proper arch support and cushioned heels.
    • Avoid high heels and unsupportive footwear.
  • Heel Lifts:
    • Inserts to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon.
  • Gradual Return to Activity:
    • Resume physical activity gradually to prevent overloading the healing tendon.
  • Immobilization:
    • In severe cases, a walking boot or cast may be recommended for immobilization and optimal healing.

Remember, early intervention is crucial. Ignoring Achilles tendinitis can lead to chronic issues and an increased risk of tendon rupture. Consult with our experienced podiatrists at Yeargain Foot & Ankle for an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. We are committed to helping you recover successfully from Achilles tendinitis, ensuring your feet are back on the path to health and mobility. Don’t let pain persist – take the first step towards recovery with Yeargain Foot & Ankle.

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If you work in Downtown Dallas you know the challenge of working a full day and then finding time for a podiatry appointment. That’s why we have two clinics located in the downtown area. Schedule your appointment and customized treatment plan right where you work. We will get you in, get you relief, and get you back to active living.

Yeargain Foot & Ankle

3801 Gaston Ave #330
Dallas, TX 75246
(972) 853-4886

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Oak Cliff/Methodist Hospital
1411 N Beckley Ave. Suite 456
Dallas, TX 75203
Pavilion III at Methodist Hospital
(972) 845-4970

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