Common Questions about Achilles Tendonitis
What is Achilles tendonitis?
“Achilles tendonitis” refers to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon (the largest tendon in our foot and ankle area).
How does it happen?
There are a number of causes for Achilles tendonitis, including heel bone spurs at the back of the foot, deformities or growths on top of the bone, calcification of the tendon, or small tears.
What are the symptoms? How do I know if I have it?
The most common symptom is pain at the back of your heel that is aggravated by your shoes or by walking. When that pain is chronic, but gets better with rest, it suggests there’s an underlying problem. With a quick examination, Dr. Yanovskiy can help you determine if your heel pain is due to Achilles tendonitis or another cause.
How is it diagnosed?
Dr. Yanovskiy provides an examination that combines your medical history, x-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs, when necessary, to determine the precise nature of your heel pain.
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
There are a variety of effective treatment options for Achilles tendonitis, depending on the severity of your condition. Some patients benefit from measures as simple as rest and icing, while others need more involved treatments like injections, casting, braces, physical therapy, and even surgical correction. Dr. Yanovskiy specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendonitis and can help you determine the severity of your condition, as well as the best possible route to recovery.
The conditions listed above are the three most common causes of heel pain, but there are a variety of other conditions that could be the source. Those include:
- Heel bursitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Sever’s disease
- Bone cyst
Dr. Yanovskiy will provide a full examination at your first visit, including x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI, if necessary. He’ll help you get to the bottom of your pain, and get you started on the road to recovery. If your condition requires physical therapy or custom orthotics, both are available at his office. He carries a range of over-the-counter orthotics, surgical shoes, walking boots, special creams, and homeopathic anti-inflammatory medications. He can also administer injections or provide foot-strapping, so you’ll leave your appointment feeling better than when you walked in. Whatever the source of your heel pain, Dr. Yanovskiy is here to help.