Is your Achilles killing you? If so, you’re not alone—with the nice summer weather encouraging more and more people to increase the intensity of their athletic pursuits perhaps a little too much, a little too fast, pain and stiffness in the Achilles tendon is definitely in season.
Fortunately, there is good news: Achilles tendinitis treatment usually does not require surgery, especially if you take action early.
Your torn tendon fibers will need time to rest and repair themselves, so limit or avoid activities that stress them. That means less running (especially on Cincy’s hill terrain) and more low-impact exercise, like swimming.
We’ll provide plenty of guidelines about what activities you safely perform, and when you might be able to increase your load again. You will also likely leave our office with a program of exercises and physical therapy to perform at home.
A good pair of shoes, potentially with some adjustments, can also make a world of difference. You’ll want a pair that fits correctly, providing plenty of heel cushioning and arch support. We may suggest further modifications as well, such as heel pads, silicone sleeves, bandages to keep your foot flexed and restrict abnormal tendon motion, or other aids and tools.
For most people, a few weeks or months of conservative strategies such as these will bring healing and relief. If pain persists for several months, however, we may ultimately suggest surgical repair. Fortunately, this is not a frequent outcome, especially if you don’t wait too longer to seek treatment after you notice symptoms and you’re faithful with your at-home care.
When you start to feel that back-of-leg pain from Achilles tendinitis, don’t hesitate—seek out the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Greater Cincinnati. Let us help you find the best way to repair the damage, stop the pain, and get back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment, give us a call toll free at 888-689-3317.