Achilles Pain?

Information provided for educational purposes only. For diagnosis, individualized treatment, and medical advice please make an appointment to visit our qualified podiatrists. Northwest Foot and Ankle Specialists treats a variety of conditions not limited to what is listed here.

Achilles Pain

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, which attaches the calf muscle (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel. It functions to help control the foot when walking and running.

Possible Conditions

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a chronic condition characterized by pain and often swelling in the Achilles tendon.

 Symptoms

Swelling, inflammation, pain


 Causes

Injury, over-use, improper stretching


 Home Treatments

Rest, ice, NSAIDs, activity and shoe modification

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

If the pain doesn't go away with ice and rest, or if the pain persists beyond a week, it's time to see a podiatrist. Seeing a professional for treatment as soon as possible is important, because this injury can lead to an Achilles tendon rupture with continued overuse.

Achilles Rupture

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Ruptures of the Achilles tendon commonly occur because the calf muscle generates tremendous force through the Achilles tendon in the process of propelling the body

 Symptoms

Sharp, intense pain in the back of the heel, "struck in the back of the heel", swelling, limp or inability to walk


 Causes

Usually occur when an athlete loads the Achilles in preparation to pushing off. This can occur when suddenly changing directions, starting to run, or preparing to jump


 Home Treatments

Immobilization

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

See a professional for treatment as soon as possible