Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
The Achilles tendon is a common site of injuries like tendonitis and ruptures. At Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists in Fort Worth and Weatherford, Texas, the experienced foot and ankle care providers offer both conservative nonsurgical treatments and advanced surgical techniques to restore your Achilles tendon to the best health possible. Book your appointment online or call the office to get help for Achilles tendon issues today.
The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in your body. It joins your calf muscles and your heel bone. This tendon allows you to lift your heel, so you need a healthy Achilles tendon to walk, climb stairs, jump, run, and stand on your toes.
While the Achilles tendon can stand more than 1,000 pounds of force at one time, it’s still possible to injure it with enough stress.
There are several types of Achilles tendon injuries, including:
Achilles tendonitis occurs when excessive activity causes swelling and pain in the tendon. Athletes are particularly prone to Achilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendinosis can occur if Achilles tendonitis is untreated. Achilles tendinosis features tendon degeneration and small tissue tears. The tendon becomes harder and thicker, with scar tissue buildup.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a partial or complete tendon tear. It usually occurs suddenly, with a forceful movement involving the calf muscles. Achilles tendon ruptures are more likely to occur in people aged 30-40, and it’s five times more likely to happen in men than in women.
The Achilles tendon is also involved in some other foot and ankle issues. For example, equinus — a condition that limits upward movement of your ankle joint — is usually caused by Achilles tendon tightness.
Achilles tendon injuries can cause several issues, including:
These issues are a serious warning sign. If you experience possible signs of an Achilles tendon injury, it’s best to stop physical activity right away and schedule an appointment at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists for help.
Treatment of Achilles tendon injuries may initially include conservative protocols like physical therapy, bracing, anti-inflammatory drugs, and rest. However, with more serious injuries like complete ruptures, you may need surgery.
Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists has the extensive experience needed to treat all types of Achilles tendon injuries, including advanced training in minimally invasive and open surgery techniques.
To get help for your Achilles tendon injury, call the experts at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists, or click the online appointment maker now.