Achilles Tendonitis is an injury that affects the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the ankle bone. It can be caused by various factors including sports/dance-related injuries, improper footwear, and strain related to overactivity.
Symptoms include pain in the ankle area or localized to the Achilles tendon. It also includes a limited range of movement and stiffness in the foot. Tendinitis is seen more in male patients and increases more with age. Pain can also be caused by calcification (calcium deposits), or microtears in the tendon.
For mild cases of Achilles tendinitis, the pain can be mitigated by taking over the counter pain medication, Epsom salt foot baths, consistently apply heat to the affected area, and stay off of the foot as often as possible. Treating the pain morning (foot is cold and stiff) and at night (foot is tired and overworked) is shown to be more effective towards treating the pain. Dr. Nejadrasool can evaluate the patient and provide the patient with an ankle sleeve or brace that will help prevent further damage.
Dr. Nejadrasool often treats achilles tendonitis at Valley Foot Clinics. Tendonitis comes in a varity of ways and its severity can vary depending on the case. For some cases Dr. Nejadrasool can administer a cortisone injection to help the tendon. The doctor may also instruct specific stretches to suit the individual patients case and needs.
The latest treatment that can help the most severe cases of achilles tendinitis, heel pain, and any general foot pain is PRP Therapy. This revolutionary procedure is done in-clinic, is non-surgical, and it is the quickest and most effective method against pain. Using plama rich platelets that are extracted from the patients own blood, the platelets are injected in the site(s) of pain. The platelets accelerate the healing process, helping to repair the injury from the inside, and mitigating the pain on the outside. For more information on PRP Therapy, visit our PRP Webpage.