A persistent ache in the lower leg could be a sign of Achilles tendonitis. This condition is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. Active people, especially runners or people who sometimes play sports, may be at a higher risk of developing this issue. Don’t stop doing what you love. Instead, contact Dr. Anant Joshi so he can get you back to feeling your best.
Common Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis
As mentioned, the first sign of Achilles tendonitis is usually a mild pain in the lower leg or back of the ankle following physical activity. People typically notice an increase in pain after intense exercises such as sprinting. Other symptoms may include:
However, these symptoms usually occur in the morning and get better throughout the day. The temporary reduction in pain may be a reason that people don’t seek immediate treatment.
Who is at Risk for Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis is linked to physical activity. However, it is more likely to occur in runners who recently increased the speed or duration of their runs. It may also impact middle-aged people who participate in sports sporadically. The sudden strain on the body can lead to this type of injury.
Other risk factors of Achilles tendonitis include:
Gender: Men are more likely than women to suffer from this injury.
Medical conditions: Individuals with high blood pressure or psoriasis are at higher risk.
Improper training: People who push themselves too far may put unnecessary stress on their Achilles tendon.
Improper footwear: People wearing ill-fitting or broken down shoes are more likely to get injured.
Other foot conditions: Having flat feet puts you in a higher risk category for Achilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis can lead to a weakened tendon making it more susceptible to tearing. Once the tendon tears, it may require surgery and ample recovery time to heal completely.
How to Prevent Achilles Tendonitis
Some people are more simply prone to Achilles tendonitis. However, everybody can take some preventative measures to reduce their chances of it happening to them. Prevention may include:
Wearing proper shoes
Strengthening your calf muscles
Increasing training intensity slowly
Alternating high-impact activities with low-impact activities
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
During your physical exam, Dr. Anant Joshi will carefully determine the location of pain and tenderness. He will do this by gently pressing on the impacted area. He will also want to determine the flexibility and range of motion of your foot and ankle.
Be prepared to offer as much information as possible about when the injury occurred and when the symptoms started. It’s essential to let the doctor know about changes in your exercise routine or if you’ve recently started a new sport or activity. A complete medical history is always helpful. The more information the doctor has, the better they can help you recover.
Additional testing such as MRI, x-ray, or ultrasound may be necessary to pinpoint the issue and rule out other possible conditions.
Fortunately, Achilles tendonitis usually responds well to conservative treatments. Dr. Anant Joshi may suggest exercises, physical therapy, and over-the-counter pain medications. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is also another helpful treatment solution. However, if the pain persists, it may be necessary to undergo surgery to repair the Achilles tendon.
Contact Us Today
Do you have ongoing pain that seems to persist during physical activity? You may have Achilles tendonitis. It is important to have this looked at immediately to avoid additional injury. Contact us at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, located in Woodland Park, NJ. We are happy to schedule your appointment right away!