Do you have achilles pain?
Hi, this is Dr. Marc Katz. We are talking about achilles pain. We’re back again for further videos and we’re here in Tampa, Florida at Advanced Podiatry. Today I’d to discuss Achilles tendonitis, or Achilles pain. For those of you that don’t know what the Achilles is we’ll just start with that. If you touch the back of your foot and work your way up towards your leg pretty much right where your ankle, right behind your ankle; you’ll feel a cord back there and that is your Achilles tendon. That is a very large tendon. It’s one of the largest tendons in the body.
You often notice you’re getting pain on the back of your heel or some stretching feeling in your calf or below your calf. Those muscles up in your calf make up the Achilles tendon further down the line. This is typical achilles pain.
The Achilles tendon is something that is very strong that helps your foot move up and down. It also stabilizes your foot. If you start getting pain on the back of your heel or even along that cord which is the Achilles tendon, then you need to get treatment very quickly.
The reason is that if you’re having pain and you just keep trying to run through it or work through it, keep exercising and you keep walking. What happens is these fibers that make up the Achilles tendon will actually start to degenerate. In time, it can get worse and worse and there’s no way to compensate for it. Even when you’re not doing major activities, you are still walking and that’s enough to keep the inflammation process of the tendon going. If you’re having that pain you do want to rest it, ice it and take off of your activities.
The other thing that happens over time is that the actual fibers in the tendon are going to start to degenerate. Then you risk the chance of a rupture of the tendon. If you have an Achilles tendon rupture that really will knock you out of your activities for quite some time and you can see what happens to athletes; even people that are doing everyday chores and activities. It’s not a good thing. If you experience Achilles pain or Achilles tendonitis and you’re not getting relief, I really want you to see a podiatrist because it’s extremely important. Achilles pain can be treated successfully.
What you do is you come on in. You can reach us at 813-875-0555 or on the web at www.thetampapodiatrist.com. If you look in our foot and ankle disorder section there is something written on Achilles tendon and that applies to all the topics that we discuss. Check it out there. If you haven’t gotten relief from a little bit of lift to your heel, ice and rest then come see us. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you for another video down the line. Thanks have a great day.