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Achilles Tendon

Ahmed S. Bata, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Ahmed S. Bata, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Podiatrist located in San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Loma Linda, CA & The Inland Empire, Riverside, CA

If you have pain above the back of your heel when you stretch your ankle or shift your weight on the balls of your feet, you could be suffering from an Achilles tendon injury. Ahmed Bata, MD, at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. in Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, California, can diagnose your condition and provide expert treatment to help you get back on your feet. Call the office nearest you or book your appointment online today.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the large, thick band of fibrous tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. It allows you to perform movements that include:

  • Walking and running
  • Jumping
  • Climbing stairs
  • Standing on the balls of your feet

If your Achilles tendon is injured, the effects can be very painful and impede your mobility. When you come in to see Dr. Bata, he examines your leg and ankle and creates a personalized treatment plan to address your Achilles tendon injury.

What are common causes of Achilles tendon injuries?

Achilles tendon injuries often occur when you suddenly increase the intensity or the duration of your activities. Overusing or straining the tendon during exercise or recreational sports is common. An injury may occur from falling or stepping on something oddly, warming up improperly before a sports activity, or running on an uneven surface. 

Achilles tendonitis is typically an overuse injury, while Achilles tendinosis is a chronic problem characterized by tiny tears of the tendon.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

Symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include:

  • Tight calf muscles
  • Lingering heel pain
  • Pain from the mid-calf to just above the heel 
  • Pain after being active on your feet
  • Subsiding pain after short, mild activities
  • Inability to apply weight on the affected foot

If you hear or feel a sudden pop in the area, it’s possible you’ve ruptured your Achilles tendon. No matter what type of Achilles tendon injury you’ve sustained, Dr. Bata can diagnose your condition and find the right treatment for you.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Treatment for an Achilles tendon injury depends on the severity of damage. If it’s minor, Dr. Bata may put your foot and lower leg in a cast or a boot to immobilize the tendon so it can heal. Other treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, muscle stretching, physical therapy, and applying ice.

If the Achilles tendon has ruptured, Dr. Bata may recommend surgery to repair the tear, increase the strength of the tendon, and improve the ankle’s motion. Surgery can also help reduce the risk of future ruptures.

If you think you have an Achilles tendon injury, reach out to Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. for Dr. Bata’s expert treatment. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.