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Achilles Tendon Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Achilles tendon damage is one of the most common reasons for pain in the back of your heel. The patient-first podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle are experienced diagnosticians and treatment providers who can help with Achilles tendon damage like Achilles tendinitis and tendon rupture. There are two Scottsdale offices and additional locations in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, so call the nearest one or use online scheduling for help now.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in your body. It begins at the end of your calf muscles and extends down the back of your leg until it inserts into the calcaneus (heel bone). 

The Achilles tendon is extremely important for normal foot movement. More than 90% of the force you exert when flexing your foot comes directly from your Achilles tendon. Damage in this tendon can make it very hard to walk, jump, and run. 

How does the Achilles tendon get damaged?

Achilles tendon damage is a common sports injury. Repetitive stop-and-go movements, fast acceleration, and quick pivoting during sports can all strain the Achilles tendon. Running, gymnastics, basketball, and tennis are among sports where athletes are prone to Achilles tendon injuries.

What are the different types of Achilles tendon injuries? 

The most common Achilles tendon injuries are: 

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is the most common form of Achilles tendon injury. It occurs when the tendon develops tiny tears and grows inflamed and painful. This most commonly occurs when athletes suddenly increase training. Many weekend-only athletes experience Achilles tendinitis, too. 

Tendon tear

An Achilles tendon tear occurs in the same way that Achilles tendinitis does. A partial Achilles tendon tear may not cause serious symptoms immediately, but it’s at risk for a rupture. 

Tendon rupture

When the Achilles tendon has a complete tear, it’s called a rupture. Most Achilles tendon ruptures happen suddenly, usually when you make a sudden, high-force movement involving your calf muscles. Ruptures are extremely painful. 

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is sometimes called Achilles tendon bursitis because it affects the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) between your skin and the Achilles tendon, or the bursa between your Achilles tendon and your calcaneus. It can cause inflammation and pain in your heel and ankle areas.

If you have pain in the back of your heel, it could be an Achilles tendon issue. See the Arcadia Foot and Ankle team for diagnosis and treatment. 

How are Achilles tendon issues treated?

Achilles tendon treatments depend on the specific injury and degree of damage. Often, nonsurgical care such as physical therapy, bracing, custom orthotics, and activity modification can ease stress on the tendon so you can heal. 

If your tendon injury doesn't get better with conservative treatments, the team may recommend surgery. The podiatrists are experienced foot and ankle surgeons who often perform minimally invasive tendon repair procedures. 

Get Achilles tendon help now by calling the office of Arcadia Foot and Ankle nearest you or booking online now.