Achilles Tendinitis

The Achilles tendon stands out among the body’s features because of its association with a Greek mythological hero. In legend, Achilles possessed great strength and resilience, qualities mirrored by the sturdy bands that extend from our heel. Regrettably, like the mythical figure, our Achilles tendons are vulnerable to injury, which can leave us weakened and in pain.

When the Achilles tendon is affected, prompt attention is crucial to prevent chronic discomfort and restricted mobility.

Despite its toughness, the Achilles tendon is a soft tissue, susceptible to problems stemming from excessive strain and stress:

Achilles Tendinitis

Resulting from repetitive stress or sudden intense force, this condition causes inflammation and overstretching of the tendon fibers. Pain typically manifests as a dull ache above the heel after physical activity, worsening with prolonged exertion. Stiffness and tenderness may also be experienced, particularly after periods of inactivity.

Achilles Tendinosis 

Characterized by the development of tiny tears in the tendon, tendinosis shares its root cause of overuse with tendinitis. Although distinct, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Occasionally, the umbrella term “tendinopathy” is employed to encompass both inflammation and microtears.

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Achilles Tendon Rupture

In cases of extreme overstretching, the tendon may sustain a significant tear, resulting in partial or complete rupture. This injury causes immediate, severe pain in the back of the ankle, often accompanied by a popping sensation. Walking becomes challenging, and surgical intervention is frequently necessary for repair.

Xanthomas of the Achilles

Unlike other conditions related to physical stress, this discomfort arises from cholesterol deposits along the tendon. Such lumps indicate elevated blood cholesterol levels and require immediate attention to address the underlying issue.

Treatment for Achilles tendon conditions varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. While some cases may only necessitate rest and conservative care, others may require orthotics, physical therapy, or lifestyle adjustments. In more severe instances, such as ruptures, surgical intervention may be recommended.

The Achilles tendon’s vulnerability to injury parallels the plight of its mythological namesake. At Family Foot Care & Surgery, we utilize cutting-edge treatments like EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) shockwave therapy to address Achilles tendon issues with a remarkable 90% success rate. These non-surgical interventions offer effective relief without the need for invasive procedures. 

Whether it’s Achilles tendinitis, tendinosis, rupture, or even xanthomas of the Achilles, our team, led by Dr. Sanjay Patel, is dedicated to providing prompt and effective care. Don’t delay—contact our Milford or Hamden offices today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey toward recovery. Unlike the mythical Achilles, we’re here to help you regain strength and mobility without the drama.