The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground. While the tendon can withstand immense force, it’s also surprisingly vulnerable. Injuries to the Achilles tendon require prompt treatment.
When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from excessive use, tendinitis can weaken it over time and cause small tears. Athletes are at a high risk for Achilles tendon injuries, which often occur at the start of a new exercise or training program, or due to not having enough rest or recovery time.
You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer an Achilles tendon injury. People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendinitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking.
Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
- Mild pain after running or exercising that intensifies gradually
- Localized pain along the tendon, especially after running
- Tenderness near the heel bone, with pain being worse first thing in the morning
- Stiffness and limited range of motion in the lower leg and ankle
- Swelling around the tendon
- When the disorder progresses to degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where the tissue is damaged
To prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon, strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercise is recommended. Alternating intense exercise with low-impact workouts and wearing proper shoes for your foot type and activity can also help reduce your risk for injury.
Any time you experience pain, tenderness or swelling along the Achilles tendon, visit us for professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for an injured Achilles tendon should begin right away with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Without prompt care, Achilles tendinitis will get progressively worse, thus increasing the risk for further deterioration and rupture. As a last resort, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.
Our office can provide the best diagnosis and treatment, for optimal recovery. If you suspect Achilles tendinitis is holding you back, call us today to schedule an appointment, and get on the road to walking with ease again.
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Heel pain can keep you from performing routine tasks, such as walking and climbing stairs. You might even avoid favorite workouts involving running or jumping because of heel pain. If you are suffering from heel pain, there are treatment options to ease the discomfort. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd, Dr. Christopher Witt or Dr. Jan Veloso can diagnose your heel pain and recommend the right treatment option for you.
Types of Heel Pain
Over time, repeated stress on the foot can lead to heel pain. Stress on the heel can result from normal activities, such as walking or jogging. Participation in more intense activities, such as certain types of workouts or sports, put a great deal of stress on the feet and can result in heel pain. Athletic activities involving a lot of pounding of the feet, such as kickboxing and basketball, are especially likely to lead to the development of heel pain over time.
The two most common types of heel pain are Achilles tendinosis, or tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendinosis is associated with pain and discomfort behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain and discomfort on the bottom of the heel. Both types of heel pain should be treated by a podiatrist. In the case of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs can develop if the condition is not treated promptly. See a podiatrist in McKinney or Prosper for heel pain treatment options.
Treatment for Heel Pain
There are several possible options for treating heel pain. The right treatment option depends on the type and cause of heel pain. Heel pain treatment options include:
- Completing physical therapy
- Wearing orthotic foot supports
- Wearing shoe inserts
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Performing therapeutic stretches
Whether your heel pain is due to Achilles tendinosis, plantar fasciitis or some other cause, there are treatments to ease the discomfort of your heel pain. For treatment of heel pain in McKinney or Prosper, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Witt or Dr. Veloso by calling the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at (972) 542-2155 today.
We’ve all been there before - after a long day of work, shopping or a playing sports, your feet ache and you feel as if you couldn’t walk another step from the pain. They might be heavy and swollen, even tight in your shoes, especially as you age. So why do your feet hurt after a long day upright, and when is it time to worry it might be something more than simple strain?
Achy Feet Factors:
Causes of Achy Feet
When you are constantly on your feet, a significant amount of stress is put on your legs and feet. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill-fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet.
Your age and level of dehydration contribute to how achy your feet are after a long day. Poor circulation can also cause foot swelling and, therefor, foot pain.
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Tired, Aching Feet
There are ways to relieve pain associated sore feet and legs.
Elevate your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Soak your feet in warm water with epsom salts, or a warm, wet towel and wrap it around your feet and legs.
Massage your feet or have someone massage your feet for you.
Exercise your feet, as it helps to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation.
Wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. Ask your podiatrist if an orthotic device is a good fit for your lifestyle
When foot pain persists, it's important to visit our office for a thorough examination. The cause of your foot pain may be more serious than simple stress and overwork. Your podiatrist can identify serious problems and work with you to determine a treatment plan that will put an end to your tired, achy feet once and for all.
Proper foot care at a young age is essential for healthy development. Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.
A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
Tips for Parents
Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their child.
- Examine your child's feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
- Encourage exercise. Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
- Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
- Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.
As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.
A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!
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