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Treating Achilles Tendinitis
By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
June 09, 2021
Category: General

Achilles tendinitis is a sports injury associated with pain and discomfort along the back of the leg from the calf muscle down to the heel. The condition can develop when the Achilles tendon becomes strained, pulled, or torn. Several treatment options are available for alleviating pain and healing the injured tendon. The experienced orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in both Manassas, VA, and Haymarket, VA, can develop an individualized treatment plan for you.

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

The Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the body, is a band of tissues located along the back of the leg that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Performing repetitive movements, such as sprinting or jumping, that put a strain on the Achilles tendon can cause it to become inflamed and irritated. Having low arches or standing for long periods can also strain and aggravate the tendon.

Injuries to this tendon that cause it to be torn, pulled, or strained can result in the development of Achilles tendinitis. Some common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Pain along the back of the heel
  • Swelling or stiffness of the heel
  • Pain along the Achilles tendon upon waking
  • Severe pain in the heel or Achilles tendon after exercising
  • Swelling or thickening of the Achilles tendon

Preventing Achilles Tendinitis

One way to prevent Achilles tendinitis is to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon. Strain can be minimized by spending less time performing repetitive movements, as well as resting the legs and feet regularly. Resting the legs and feet is especially important for individuals who are on their feet for extended periods throughout the day. Another way to reduce strain and prevent Achilles tendinitis is to wear custom orthotics inside the shoes that provide additional support for individuals with flat feet.

Treatment Options

Several methods can be utilized for treating Achilles tendinitis at our practices in Manassas, VA, and Haymarket, VA. Our highly skilled orthopaedic team can develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Treatment options include:

  • Icing the Achilles tendon and heel
  • Resting the feet and legs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing orthotics or a walking boot
  • Physical therapy, including stretching and strengthening exercises

Achilles tendinitis can be painful, but the right combination of treatments can deliver pain relief and promote healing. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss treatment options by calling Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, VA, and Haymarket, VA, at (703) 369-9070.