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Are you on your feet all day? Do you do a lot of walking, running, or a little jumping around? Do you feel that pain in the back of your leg, down by the heel? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may haveAchilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis is a condition that falls under the classification of overuse injuries. Although it can hold up under a lot of stress, it is also likely to show signs of inflammation, which is a natural reaction to disease or injury.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:
There are two types of tendonitis, which include:
Non-surgical treatment is always preferable to surgery, and tendonitis will usually respond, although it may take several months for the symptoms to disappear. If you suspect tendonitis, you should see Dr. Vargas as soon as possible. By doing this you will minimize the damage and shorten the recovery period.
Recommended treatment consists of the following:
Other treatments include certain stretching exercises, cortisone injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. There are also a variety of surgical procedures that may be used. As with all overuse injuries, prevention is the best medicine, but prevention is not always possible with tendonitis. Sometimes the best you can do is to reduce the risk by increasing an activity slowly, stretching daily, cross-training and selecting shoes carefully.
Dr. Vargas will discuss the options and explain treatment options, which will vary depending on the severity of your case. Make sure you call Dr. Vargas at (281) 313-0090 or (281) 342-8700 to schedule an appointment.