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Achilles tendonitis is an injury that happens when someone stresses the band of tissue that connects their heel bone to the calf muscles at the back of their lower leg (the Achilles tendon).
Usually Achilles tendonitis happens when runners or athletes suddenly start to run faster or play harder than usual. Middle-aged people who play sports like tennis or basketball on the weekends can also be at risk. People who try to treat their injury at home without the help of a podiatrist in Sugar Land or Houston, TX, risk making the problem worse. A more serious case of Achilles tendonitis can lead to tearing or rupturing the tendon, so it is important to see a podiatrist right away for an evaluation if you or someone you love starts feeling pain after running or other sports activities.
Usually, your pain will begin as a slight ache in the back of your calf or above the heel. Running for long periods, climbing stairs, or sprinting can make the pain more severe. Your calves might also feel tender or stiff when you wake up in the morning. This feeling may fade as you go through a normal day.
The Achilles tendon can get weaker and make it more likely that you will get a tear – a painful injury that usually requires surgery. We strongly suggest that you see Podiatrist Dr. Vargas to evaluate your case and prescribe treatment.
Does this list describe you or a family member you love?
If so, you or your family member may have increased risk for getting Achilles tendonitis. Please make sure that you and your loved ones wear good quality footwear when you run or play sports. Trained experts at Foot & Ankle Associates can measure your feet properly to be sure that shoes fit correctly. Call us at 281-313-0090 to set up a brief visit.
Please call us to schedule an appointment or use this request form. Before you come to see Podiatrist Dr. Vargas, write down and answer the following questions. Please give them to him at the appointment so that he can help you right away.
Podiatrist, Dr. Vargas may ask you the following 5 questions to help him decide whether you have Achilles tendonitis:
Dr. Vargas, an award-winning podiatrist in Sugar Land and Houston, TX, uses high-tech equipment like digital X-rays or ultrasound right at our podiatry offices in Sugar Land and Houston to let you know whether you have Achilles tendonitis. If you have it, he may recommend K-Laser™ Treatment and Orthotics – special inserts to support your heels, relieve tendon strain, and give your feet a cushion that protects you from any force on the Achilles tendon as you run or play sports.
This is very unlikely, given Dr. Vargas’ expertise and advanced technologies. It is very important that you see him right away if you think you may have Achilles tendonitis so that the situation does not get worse.