If you’re an athlete or someone who just spends a lot of time on your feet, you may be at a higher risk of developing a common foot condition called tendonitis. It is painful and limits your ability to participate in your usual activities. A foot doctor can take X-rays and examine your Achilles tendon to diagnose a case of tendonitis and treat it efficiently at Ankle and Foot Centers, PC in Marietta, GA.
What Is Tendonitis?
The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that connects the calf to the heel of the foot. It helps you move your toes up and down. Ballet dancers use it to stand on their toes. A lot of pressure is put on this tendon when you run up a hill or pivot sharply while playing basketball. When it becomes inflamed, ruptures, or tears, the condition is called tendonitis. Unfortunately, patients who have the early signs of this foot problem often continue to play, walk, or run without seeking treatment, which makes it worse. Know the symptoms so that you can get help as soon as possible.
Catching the early symptoms of tendonitis will allow your Marietta, GA, podiatrist to treat it conservatively. These are some signs to look for:
- Pain along the back of the heel that radiates up the leg.
- Swelling and tenderness in the leg area.
- Discomfort above the heel when you wake up in the morning.
- Stiff feeling in the tendon as you try to run or jump.
The goal of your treatment plan for tendonitis is to reduce pain and discomfort, then provide therapy for the damaged tendon. These are some possible treatments:
- NSAID medication and corticosteroid injections.
- Bandaging to restrict movement of the tendon so that it can heal.
- Orthotic devices designed to reduce pressure on the tendon and provide added support.
- Stretching exercises and massage therapy.
- Ultrasound therapy or MLS Laser Therapy for temporary pain relief.
- A surgical procedure in advanced cases.
Get Your Feet Back in Good Condition
Your entire foot, including your Achilles tendon, needs to be in good health to ensure that you can function at your best each day. Call (770) 977-3668 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mathew John at his Marietta, GA, office to check your feet and treat your tendonitis.