Welcome to Foot & Ankle Associates of Greater Pittsburgh, your go-to destination for comprehensive Achilles Tendinitis care. Our expert podiatrists are committed to helping you regain mobility, alleviate discomfort, and return to your beloved activities. Achilles Tendinitis can be debilitating, but rest assured, with our tailored treatments, relief is within reach.
Understanding Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinitis is a widespread and painful condition that impacts the Achilles tendon, the body’s largest tendon, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. It plays a pivotal role in everyday movements like walking, running, and jumping. When this tendon becomes inflamed and irritated, it can severely limit your ability to engage in these activities.
Causes of Achilles Tendinitis
Numerous factors can contribute to Achilles Tendinitis, often linked to overuse and biomechanical issues. Common causes include:
- Overuse: Engaging in repetitive activities that strain the Achilles tendon, such as long-distance running or intense sports, can lead to tendinitis.
- Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes without proper arch support or cushioning increases the risk of Achilles Tendinitis.
- Biomechanical Issues: Abnormal foot mechanics, like flat feet or high arches, can stress the Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation.
- Age: Tendons become less flexible and more prone to injury as we age, making older individuals more susceptible.
- Sudden Increases in Activity: A sudden spike in physical activity or a change in exercise intensity can strain the Achilles tendon, causing injury.
Our Approach to Achilles Tendinitis Treatment
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Greater Pittsburgh, we recognize that effective Achilles Tendinitis treatment necessitates a personalized approach, including:
Our seasoned podiatrists perform a comprehensive examination to assess the severity of your Achilles Tendinitis, potentially including physical exams and imaging, like ultrasounds.
Customized Treatment Plans
Based on our assessment, we craft a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. We understand that no two cases of Achilles Tendinitis are identical.
In most instances, conservative treatments are highly effective. These may encompass rest, ice, physical therapy, and custom orthotics to support proper foot mechanics. Lifestyle changes to reduce Achilles tendon strain may also be recommended.
Surgery is typically considered a last resort, reserved for severe Achilles Tendinitis cases or when conservative methods prove ineffective. We engage in comprehensive discussions about all treatment options, ensuring you make informed decisions about your care.
Why Choose Foot & Ankle Associates of Greater Pittsburgh
Our podiatrists boast extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Achilles Tendinitis, staying current with the latest podiatric care advancements for the best possible treatment.
Your well-being is our priority, and we collaborate closely with you to create a treatment plan aligned with your goals and lifestyle.
From initial evaluation to post-treatment follow-up, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive care at every stage.
Prevention and Education
We empower patients with knowledge to prevent future injuries, offering guidance on proper footwear, exercise routines, and lifestyle modifications for long-term foot health.
Living with Achilles Tendinitis: Tips for Recovery
While we’re here to provide top-notch care, you can also contribute to your Achilles Tendinitis recovery at home by:
- Rest: Give your Achilles tendon the rest it needs. Avoid activities exacerbating pain, allowing time for healing.
- Icing: Applying ice to the affected area can reduce inflammation and pain. Always wrap the ice pack in a towel to prevent frostbite.
- Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Follow our physical therapy recommendations, which include specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
- Footwear: Choose shoes with proper arch support and cushioning to minimize Achilles tendon stress.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Consult our podiatrists or your primary care physician before starting non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.
Don’t let Achilles Tendinitis hinder your life or passions. Contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Greater Pittsburgh today to schedule an appointment and start your journey toward pain relief and improved mobility.
Our dedicated team is here to guide you through recovery, providing top-quality care. Achilles Tendinitis may be challenging, but with the right treatment and guidance, you can regain freedom of movement and overall foot health.
336 College Avenue, Suite 106, Beaver,
PA , 15009
Monday: 8am – 12pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8am – 12pm