The Achilles tendon is the muscle running down your calf and connecting it to your heel. This tendon is what keeps you running, walking or even standing. An overuse injury of the Achilles is known as Achilles tendonitis.
Sometimes when you subject it to excessive stress, it can become torn or damaged, resulting in pain and discomfort. In some cases, you may not be able to walk for a while depending on the severity of the damage.
Here are some effective treatments for Achilles tendonitis that will relieve you from pain:
- Reduce the level of exertion and physical activity that you engage in during your daily routine. Switching to relatively less-strenuous activities like swimming will let you stay off your feet and give the Achilles tendon some resting time to heal.
- Physical therapy comprising of light stretching and strengthening exercises will help in speeding up the healing process too.
- Using customized orthotic inserts and wearing properly fitted shoes can greatly improve the overall health of your feet. They can also aid in preventing a variety of other foot issues like flat feet, arch pain, joint deformities, bunions and more.
- Don’t underestimate the power of RICE – rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.
If you feel pain in your Achilles tendon, do not ignore it. Visit your foot doctor and get your feet examined for proper diagnosis and treatment.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts are equipped with advanced technologies and possess vast experience in treating a variety of foot and ankle conditions including deformities, sports injuries, fungal problems, heel or arch pain, sprains and fractures and more.
For your concerns and queries, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Contact us or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.