The Achilles tendons run along the back of your ankles. When inflamed, torn, or ruptured, this thick tendon can cause serious pain when you walk or perform other activities like running or jumping. The skilled orthopedic team at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard and Wilsonville, Oregon, offers diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon injuries to help you heal and get back to daily life and the activities you love as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing Achilles tendon pain or experienced a major injury, call Sports Medicine Oregon today or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.
The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the ankle and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Overuse can lead to chronic inflammation, partial tears, and ruptures.
Inflammation can show up as Achilles tendonitis. If not treated properly, it can cause microscopic tears and permanent degeneration of the tendon, medically referred to as Achilles tendonosis. Achilles tendonosis puts you at risk of rupture of the tendon.
Many Achilles tendon injuries occur due to overuse. Putting stress on the tendon too quickly or aggressively can also cause microtears in the tendon fibers.
Without rest, the stress persists and your body is unable to repair the fibers and reduce inflammation. The continuous stress leaves your body unable to respond quickly enough to repair the fibers. As a result, the pain becomes chronic.
Athletes are especially at risk of developing Achilles tendon injuries. Runners who increase their mileage or intensity quickly without adequate rest often experience issues. People with a flat arch are also at more risk of developing Achilles injuries.
You’ll notice pain at the back of your heel as well as other symptoms like:
These symptoms can show up where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel or just below the calf muscle. Your pain may be most noticeable first thing in the morning or after activity. Over time, your Achilles tendon may look enlarged or misshapen.
The team at Sports Medicine Oregon tailors your treatment to the particulars and severity of your injury. In the earliest stages, they may recommend immobilization in a walking boot, icing to reduce swelling, and physical therapy for any gait abnormalities or flat arches. Rest and a smart training plan that gradually increases activity are also advised.
Achilles tendon surgery may be necessary to repair an Achilles tendon rupture or partially torn Achilles tendon. During the procedure, your surgeon gathers the torn or partially torn Achilles tendon and stitches them together or reattaches the tendon.
Don’t delay treatment for an Achilles tendon injury. Call Sports Medicine Oregon today for an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.