Achilles Tendon Injuries can be painful, especially a day after a workout. The largest tendon in your body, the Achilles, connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump. While it can withstand great stress from use, it is vulnerable to injury. 

How do you know if you have injured your Achilles?

Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel are signs of injury, and the inability to bend the foot downward or "push off" the injured leg when walking. A popping or snapping sound occurs with injury. 

Achilles Tendon InjuriesMany patients wait about three weeks after the initial pop before scheduling an appointment, as they feel better. Other tendons have been picking up the slack, and this is about the time the Achilles injury seems to reappear. It is essential to book an appointment with one of our Healthmark physicians to diagnose and prepare a treatment plan.

The tendon can heal on its own with a mild or moderate strain. Rest, ice, and Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common treatments for pain. Calf-strengthening exercises are also recommended for a healthy Achilles tendon. You need to be careful about any stretching and strengthening exercises you do.

Switching from high-impact activities like running to swimming, cycling, or walking short distances is good for Achilles pain. This will assist in treating your Achilles tendon and reduce pain in the heel and calf muscles.

Prevent painful Achilles tendonitis before it starts, and respond to your feet' distress signals. Your foot is connected to the rest of your body, sending warning signals of problems. The longer you wait to address the pain, the longer recovery will take. Wearing flat shoes will make your Achilles tendon injury worse. Wear a shoe with a small heel to help with the pain and treatment of your injury. 

What if I rupture my Achilles tendon?

If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you might hear a pop, followed by an immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg that will likely affect your ability to walk properly. Surgery is often performed to repair the rupture. A Healthmark physician will help you create the right treatment plan for you, as sometimes surgery may not be necessary. 

Looking for Achilles tendon care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates today.