Achilles Tendonitis in Katy, TX
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Achilles tendonitis in Katy, TX, is an injury that affects the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg (the Achilles tendon).
Who Gets Achilles Tendonitis?
Usually, Achilles tendonitis happens when athletes or runners 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 risk making the problem worse and developing a more serious case of Achilles tendonitis that can lead to tearing or rupturing. It is important to see our podiatrist right away for an evaluation if you start feeling pain after running or playing sports.
How is Achilles Tendonitis Diagnosed?
The pain from Achilles tendonitis begins 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 Importance of Treating Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon can get weaker and become susceptible to tearing, a painful injury that requires surgery. We strongly suggest that you see our podiatrist, Dr. Marco A. Vargas, to evaluate your case and prescribe treatment.
Am I At Risk?
Does this list describe you or a family member you love?
- Middle-aged men who play weekend sports
- A young or mature athlete with flat feet
- Likes to run in cold weather or up and down hills
- Has high blood pressure
- Plays sports or runs in worn-out shoes
- Takes fluoroquinolones – a type of antibiotic
If so, you or your family member may have an increased risk for developing Achilles tendonitis. Please make sure that you and your loved ones wear good quality footwear when you run or play sports. Trained experts at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists can measure your feet properly to be sure that shoes fit correctly. Call us at 281-313-0090 to set up a brief visit.
How Do I Get Treatment?
Please call us to schedule an appointment or use this request form. Before you come to see us, write down and answer the following questions. Please bring them to your first appointment.
- Did the pain begin quickly or develop over time?
- What types of shoes do you wear when running or exercising?
- Does the pain worsen at certain times of the day? When?
- Do your symptoms get worse after certain activities? What were you doing?
- Do you take medications or supplements on a regular basis? Please list them.
- Would you like us to properly fit you for good-quality athletic shoes?
Our podiatrist may ask you the following questions to help him decide whether you have Achilles tendonitis:
- Where exactly do you feel the pain?
- Does the pain feel better after you rest?
- Describe your normal exercise routine. Has it changed recently?
- Did you recently begin a new sport?
- What have you done to make the pain feel better?
What Happens Next?
Dr. Vargas uses high-tech equipment like digital X-rays or ultrasound right at our office 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.
Will I Need Surgery?
This is very unlikely, given Dr. Vargas’s 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.