About Achilles Tendonitis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that occurs when the large tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg becomes irritated and inflamed.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, climb stairs, jump, and stand on your tiptoes. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is also prone to tendonitis, a condition associated with overuse and degeneration.

Common Causes:

  • An increase in exercise frequency and/or volume
  • Tight calf muscles
  • A bone spur on the heel

Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis may include:

  • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning
  • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity
  • Severe pain the day after exercising
  • Bone spur (insertional tendinitis)
  • Swelling that is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing an Achilles Tendonitis, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat Achilles tendonitis. Many treatment options are available. The OPA foot and ankle specialist creates customized treatment plans that include any or any combination of the following:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities

Physical Therapy

Strengthens and stretches ankle muscles, ligaments, and tendons after it has healed.

Orthotics

Take the pressure off the heel and tendon.

Immobilization

A walking cast or boot.

Severe cases of Achilles tendonitis that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment may require surgical intervention. A gastrocnemius recession lengthens the calf muscles and takes tension off the tendon. An Achilles tendon debridement and repair removes inflamed and damaged portions of the tendon. The OPA foot and ankle specialist will use the latest surgical techniques and equipment to perform both procedures. After a quick recovery, patients live pain-free lives with no restrictions.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendonitis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists that are conveniently located in Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

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