Achilles Tendinitis Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

Soreness and achiness that run down the back of your lower leg and into your heel could be signs of Achilles tendinitis. If these symptoms sound familiar, schedule an evaluation at Boca Raton Podiatry to get started on a pain-relieving treatment plan right away. Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, offer effective treatments for Achilles tendinitis. Schedule your evaluation at this state-of-the-art Boca Raton, Florida, podiatry clinic directly through the website. You can also call the office to book a visit over the phone.

Achilles Tendinitis

What causes Achilles tendinitis?  

Your calf muscles along the back of your lower leg are linked to your heel bone with your Achilles tendon. 

While this fibrous tendon is certainly capable of absorbing shock and withstanding your entire body weight, it can become inflamed for a variety of reasons, a condition known as Achilles tendinitis.

Most cases of Achilles tendinitis affect runners because of the added strain on your lower extremities, but Achilles tendinitis also affects athletes who participate in sports that require frequent stopping or jumping, such as tennis or basketball.

Your chances of developing Achilles tendinitis are also higher due to:

  • Sudden changes in your workout frequency or intensity, as with weekend warriors
  • Older age, since connective tissues aren’t as flexible and can wear down
  • Chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure or arthritis
  • Naturally flat feet or tight calf muscles

Certain medications, such as fluoroquinolone antibiotics, can increase your risk of Achilles tendinitis, too. 

When should I see a podiatrist for Achilles tendinitis?

The concern with Achilles tendinitis isn’t just pain, even though that’s certainly a major issue. With Achilles tendinitis, your tendon can start weakening over time. This can increase your risk of a tendon rupture, which is a serious injury that may require surgical repair.

The highly skilled podiatry team at Boca Raton Podiatry encourages you to schedule an Achilles tendinitis evaluation if you’re experiencing:

  • Mild to severe lower leg or heel pain
  • Swelling around your heel or ankle
  • Tenderness or stiffness

With on-site digital imaging available at Boca Raton Podiatry, you can expect a fast diagnosis, so you can get started on treatment right away. 

How is Achilles tendinitis treated?

To help you recover from pain and inflammation associated with Achilles tendinitis, your dedicated podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry is likely going to combine any of the following treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Activity modifications 
  • Targeted daily stretches
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Your podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry even spends time counseling you on preventive measures to strengthen your Achilles tendon and decrease your risk of further inflammation.

You can get started on the Achilles tendinitis pain relief you need at Boca Raton Podiatry. Book your evaluation online or over the phone today.