Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC
Nicolas Manriquez, DPM, FACFAS
Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Katy, TX
The Achilles tendon plays a critical role in daily activities like walking, standing, and climbing stairs. Though it’s incredibly tough, injuries and general wear-and-tear can result in pain or mobility issues. At Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC, Nicolas Manriquez, DPM, FACFAS, diagnoses and treats Achilles tendon-related problems, including Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendonosis. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Katy, Texas, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online.
Achilles Tendon Q & A
What is the Achilles tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a thick cord of tissue that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It runs down the back of your ankle and assists in activities like walking and running by helping lift your heel off the ground.
What are some common problems that affect the Achilles tendon?
The team at Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC treats various problems that affect the Achilles tendon, including:
Achilles tendonitis is a common overuse injury that causes the Achilles tendon to become swollen and inflamed. Most cases of Achilles tendonitis are mild and respond to conservative at-home treatments like ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication.
When left untreated, Achilles tendonitis often progresses to Achilles tendonosis, or the degeneration of the tendon. Over time, microscopic tears form in the tendon affecting its function and durability. Without intervention, tendonosis often results in a tendon rupture.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendon problems?
Common symptoms of Achilles tendon problems include:
- Redness and warmth
As Achilles tendon-related problems progress, you might also experience difficulty putting weight on the affected foot or walking.
Is there any way to prevent an Achilles tendon injury?
You can significantly lower the risk of an Achilles tendon injury by warming up and cooling down before and after exercise. Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and regularly stretching is also important.
How are Achilles tendon problems diagnosed?
To diagnose Achilles tendon-related problems, the Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC team physically examines your foot and ankle and tests their range of motion.
Afterward, they have you perform a series of in-office exercises to observe your gait and posture. If these steps don’t provide enough information, your provider might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.
How are Achilles tendon problems treated?
The team at Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC uses conservative, noninvasive treatments to manage Achilles tendon problems whenever possible. Depending on your symptoms and the underlying cause, they might recommend:
- Rest and immobilization
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Custom orthotics
- Night splints
- Physical therapy
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you might benefit from surgery. The type of surgery that’s right for you depends on the nature of the injury, your age, and your activity level.
To receive treatment for Achilles tendon pain, make an appointment at Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC. Click the online booking tool or call to speak with the administrative team today.