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Achilles Tendon Injuries Specialist

Advanced Foot & Ankle Center -  - Podiatry

Advanced Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatry & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located across Utah

Achilles tendon injuries can leave you on the sidelines and even affect your daily routine. Because Achilles tendon injuries can lead to lingering pain and inflammation, it’s time to see the expert podiatry team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Your dedicated podiatrist can help you find an effective Achilles tendon treatment, so you can get back to your regular activities. Schedule your visit online, or call your nearby office directly. Advanced Foot & Ankle Center has locations in Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, Nephi, Eagle Mountain, and St. George, Utah.

Achilles Tendon Injuries Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon injuries?

Your Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in your body, connects calf muscles to bones in your rearfoot. Because of your Achilles tendon, you can point and flex your foot. Achilles tendon injuries, or Achilles tendinitis, can stem from a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Injury or trauma
  • Abnormally tight tendons
  • Improper stretching before exercise
  • Overexertion, such as while starting a sprint

Without rest and proper treatment, your Achilles tendon injury will likely progress.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

When your Achilles tendon is stressed, overused, or strained, you can wind up with severe pain and inflammation in the back of your calf, all the way down to your heel bone. Achilles tendon injuries can lead to:

  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Aching

The symptoms you experience are generally worse when you try to flex or point your foot, which are natural movements you make simply by walking. 

If you tear your Achilles tendon, possibly while participating in a sporting activity, you might even feel or hear a “popping” sensation, which indicates a possible Achilles tendon rupture.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center thoroughly evaluates your foot and ankle and may perform range-of-motion evaluations to determine the severity of your Achilles tendon injury. 

They might gather ultrasound or digital X-ray images right in the office to help confirm an Achilles tendon injury or to rule out related conditions.

After diagnosing you, your podiatrist reviews your treatment options and works with you to design a treatment plan. Your Achilles tendon injury treatment may include:

  • Bracing or splinting
  • Compression wrapping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy

In severe cases, like if you have a rupture or Achilles tendon tear, you might need surgery. The foot and ankle surgeons at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center can repair or graft an Achilles tendon injury, so you can have a full recovery and get back to your regular activities.

Before going another day with Achilles tendon pain, see how the podiatry team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center can help. Book your visit online or over the phone.