Achilles tendonitis is a fairly common diagnosis when people go to their foot doctor with heel pain. This tendon connects your calf muscle to your foot at the heel bone. Even though it is the largest and strongest tendon in your body, it can succumb to too much stress and pressure resulting in tearing, stretching, and even breaking.
There are 2 forms of Achilles tendonitis depending upon where on the tendon the problem is occurring:
1) Insertional—Insertional Achilles tendonitis, as the name implies, affects the tendon at the insertion point to the heel bone. This type often occurs due to repetitive stress from participating in vigorous sports, running, and exercising. The injury can also occur in people who are inactive for a long time and then suddenly start an exercise program without properly adjusting and slowly increasing the intensity to avoid this and other injuries.
2) Noninsertional—In non-insertional Achilles tendonitis, the injury occurs elsewhere on the tendon between the heel and calf. Tiny tears and stretching can cause severe discomfort, pain, and swelling. In the case of larger tears or even a complete break of the tendon, surgery will probably be needed.
In both forms of Achilles tendonitis, calcified deposits can occur on the fibrous tendon contributing to the formation of bone spurs. Bursitis is also a possible complication.
If you are experiencing heel pain and discomfort from Achilles tendonitis, make sure you rest the affected foot to prevent any further damage and be sure to see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.