Achilles Tendonitis

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

Your calf muscles connect to your heel bone by way of your Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in your body. Because each flex of your foot and every step you take can put added stress on your Achilles tendon, you can wind up with painful tendonitis and need treatment from Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Dr. Yanovskiy diagnoses and treats Achilles tendonitis right in his Des Plaines, Illinois, practice. Get Achilles tendonitis relief soon by booking your evaluation online or by calling the office directly.

Achilles Tendonitis

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

Your Achilles tendon is the long band of connective tissue that helps you point and flex your foot. It runs all the way down the back of your leg and can easily become inflamed (tendonitis) because of any of the following circumstances:

  • Long-distance running
  • Naturally flat arches
  • Change in type of exercise or sport
  • Sudden increase in exercise intensity, as with weekend warriors

Plus, the structure and stretching ability of your Achilles tendon weaken as you get older. This is why Achilles tendonitis most commonly affects older athletes.

Will I know if I have Achilles tendonitis?

Generally yes, since you start to experience discomfort that runs down the back of your leg and into your heel. Achilles tendonitis also causes the following symptoms:

  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Aching

Sharp pains or difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg could indicate that you have a more serious injury, such as an Achilles tendon tear. Because chronic Achilles tendonitis flare-ups can start lowering your quality of life, affecting your job, and decreasing your ability to train, schedule an exam at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic no matter how minor or how severe your symptoms may seem.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Achilles tendonitis is a soft tissue injury and as you would suspect, you need to let it rest in order to give it time to heal. But at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Yanovskiy combines different solutions to relieve acute pain, in addition to promoting healing, so you can return to your normal activities as quickly as possible. Your Achilles tendon care plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bracing, splinting, or compression wrapping
  • Daily stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Physical therapy

Most Achilles tendonitis issues start to subside within a few days of treatment, with continuing benefits week after week as your Achilles tendon heals. Though less common, sometimes Dr. Yanovskiy recommends surgery if several months of conservative treatments aren’t helping, or if you have a severe Achilles tendon rupture.

Book your Achilles tendonitis exam at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office to schedule.