Achilles Tendon Injuries Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

The Achilles tendon is the largest in your body and a common site of injuries that cause foot and ankle pain. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York provides surgical and conservative treatment for all types of Achilles tendon injuries at their Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, location. If you have persistent pain around the Achilles tendon, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Achilles Tendon Injuries Q & A

What is an Achilles tendon injury?

The Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel bone. Damage to this tendon may limit your ability to perform everyday activities like walking. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York treats a variety of Achilles tendon injuries, including:

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is a common overuse injury that happens when the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. This causes pain at the back of your heel and lower leg. You may notice an area of thickened or swollen tissue along the Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendon tear

Also called a rupture, this injury involves a complete or partial tear of the Achilles tendon. You may experience a popping sound or sensation at the time of injury and have immediate, intense pain. You should seek medical attention right away if you think you have a torn Achilles tendon. 

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendon injuries?

The symptoms of Achilles tendon injuries vary based on the type and severity of your condition. Pain, swelling, and limited range of motion around the Achilles tendon are the most common symptoms. Achilles tendonitis may begin with mild pain and stiffness that becomes increasingly more severe. 

Achilles tendonitis symptoms can be similar to those of other injuries, such as an ankle sprain. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment at Professional Podiatry Services of New York any time you have persistent foot or ankle pain. 

What causes Achilles tendon injuries?

Achilles tendon injuries are especially common among athletes who use repetitive movements like running. Weekend warriors and people who increase activity intensity or duration too quickly are also prone to Achilles tendon injuries. 

How are Achilles tendon injuries diagnosed and treated?

First, your provider at Professional Podiatry Services of New York carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your foot and ankle and may take tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. 

Then, your provider develops a personalized treatment plan for your Achilles tendon injury. They perform Achilles tendon repair surgery for severe injuries, such as a complete tear, as well as rehabilitation for more mild conditions, like tendonitis. Nonsurgical treatments may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

For expert diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon injuries, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or book an appointment online today.