An Achilles tendon injury can cause extreme pain and discomfort. This tendon is located in the lower back of the leg, and connects the heel to the calf muscles. People who enjoy running may experience Achilles tendon injuries. This may be a result of increasing speed and mileage too quickly, and not warming up and cooling down properly before and after running. The pain is immediately felt when this type of injury has happened, and additional symptoms can include decreased strength, stiffness in the back of the heel, and it can be difficult to walk. A proper diagnosis is often done, which consists of having an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound performed. This often begins with resting the affected foot as frequently as possible, and keeping the weight off of it. It may be beneficial to perform strength training exercises and stretches as it heals, in addition to wearing custom-made orthotics. If you have an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
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Active children and young teenagers may develop Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that can affect children who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It happens when there is a growth spurt, and the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and tendons. Many children who experience Sever’s disease feel a pulling sensation where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel. This may lead to walking on tiptoes, and it can be difficult to run and jump. The child may feel better when the activity that caused the condition is temporarily stopped. Additionally, it can be beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and to frequently elevate the affected foot. If you see your child limping, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose Sever’s disease and offer the correct treatment options.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.
Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.
Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.
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If an injured ankle doesn’t have enough time to thoroughly heal, the chances of a reinjury increase, experts say. Caring for an ankle sprain is essential to preventing a recurrence, and possible chronic pain. A sprain occurs when a ligament in the ankle joint is overstretched, resulting in tears of the tissue or, in severe cases, a rupture. Pain, swelling, bruising, and weakness in the joint are likely to occur. The first thing to do after incurring an ankle sprain is to stay off the foot. After being examined by a podiatrist to determine the severity of the sprain, a soft cast or protective boot may be prescribed. Bearing weight may be out of the question at first, and keeping the affected leg elevated as much as possible can speed up the healing process. Some type of pain medication is often prescribed, as well. The podiatrist may suggest certain exercises to strengthen the foot and ankle that can help to prevent future injuries and chronic pain. Patience is a necessary component of a permanent recovery from an ankle sprain, as healing can take as long as six weeks or more. For further guidance, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a treatment plan.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.
What Are the Symptoms?
Preventing a Sprain
Treatment of a Sprain
In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.
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