Tendon inflammation can be painful, especially when it’s in your foot. Achilles tendonitis is common, but relief is available through the care of Jason Cohen, DPM, Sandeep Garcha, DPM, and their team at Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP. They have offices in Nanuet, Jamaica, and Bronx, New York. If you’re ready to move one step closer to relief, call the office today or book a visit using the easy online scheduling tool.
Tendonitis is the term used to describe inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are bands of tough connective tissues that bind muscles to bones.
Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. This tendon allows you to walk, run, and jump and is critical for normal movement.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that creates swelling in the tendon. When the swelling or tendon damage is in the middle portion of the Achilles tendon, it’s called non-insertional. When the damage is in the lower part of the tendon, it’s called insertional.
Achilles tendonitis is caused by repeated stress on or intense strain of your Achilles tendon. These injuries often happen when you push your body past its limits during athletic training or play, or during fitness pursuits.
The ways Achilles tendonitis develops include:
Your Achilles tendon weakens with age. People in middle age and beyond are particularly susceptible to these injuries. Other things that increase your risk of developing Achilles tendonitis include:
Being overweight or obese also places extra stress on your feet and ankles. Making lifestyle changes that help you reach and maintain a healthy weight can go a long way toward improving Achilles tendonitis and many other foot problems.
Medications can be used to treat pain and discomfort. However, your podiatrist will first work at providing you with lasting relief without using drugs.
Targeted exercises can promote healing and strengthen your Achilles tendon and the surrounding tissues. Orthotic devices worn in your shoes can also help relieve strain on the tendon.
Don’t wait to seek treatment for any significant foot or ankle pain. Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, can discover the source of your discomfort and provide customized treatment. That process begins today with a quick phone call. You can also go to the online booking page to find a time that fits your schedule.