“Trick or treat, check my feet, because Achilles tendinitis is not so neat!” If you’re singing that song you might want to come see us as soon as possible. The condition can cause heel pain for you or even your little ones. Don’t let Halloween (and all the rest of your days) be ruined by something as easy to treat as Achilles inflammation.
This overuse injury occurs most frequently in runners. The beginning stages may feel like a mild ache in the area behind the heel. This pain is usually worse after physical activity. If left untreated this mild ache will turn into a more severe pain that doesn’t always go away after exercising. You may also notice that you are experiencing swelling or stiffness. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms make sure to call us for help right away. The earlier you start treatment the better your chances are of healing quickly.
This condition is classified as an overuse injury, which means that it’s caused by repetitive motion or excessive strain to a certain area. This is commonly seen in athletes, especially runners, who increase their activity level without gradually building up to a greater intensity. It’s also common in people who don’t properly warm up before a work out or cool down afterwards. Good stretching is very important in avoiding overuse injuries, and it’s crucial to do it well.
As we age the structure in our Achilles tendon will begin to weaken. This means that people who are older should also take great care in protecting their Achilles tendons with stretching and possibly wearing an orthotic for support.
If you are experiencing pain in the area behind your heel, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison right away at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. Achilles tendinitis is very easy to treat and can usually be resolved with a bit of rest and ice, but you need to take the time to really let your body heal.