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By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
October 30, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues

How our podiatrist in Marietta, Georgia can help you feel better

Achilles tendonitis is a common problem, especially if you are an athlete, but you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from this condition. It Foot painis caused by overuse and strain leading to inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, Georgia offers a wide range of services including treatment for Achilles tendonitis.

So, how do you know if you have Achilles tendonitis? There are several signs and symptoms which indicate you may be experiencing Achilles tendonitis including:

  • Inflammation and swelling behind your heel
  • A stabbing or aching pain behind your heel
  • Pain along the tendon that increases during or after running
  • Pain and stiffness along your tendon in the morning
  • Stiffness that decreases as your Achilles tendon warms up

There are things you can do to prevent Achilles tendonitis. Remember to:

  • Start out slowly if you are new to an exercise or a sport
  • Stretch and strengthen your Achilles tendons by doing heel lift exercises
  • Always wear appropriate shoes with plenty of support if you are playing a sport
  • Try to walk on even, dry surfaces to avoid injuring your Achilles tendon, feet, and ankles

If you think you may have Achilles tendonitis, don’t worry. Dr. John can help. He may recommend:

  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medication to decrease inflammation
  • Placing ice packs on your Achilles tendon to reduce swelling
  • Custom-fit orthotics to support your Achilles tendon
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and strength
  • Resting and taking weight and stress off of your Achilles tendon

Achilles tendonitis can keep you on the couch, but you can get relief. To find out more about Achilles tendonitis prevention and treatment, call Dr. Mathew John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, Georgia today