Q I have hurt my Achilles tendon, what can be done?
Your Achilles tendon is actually the strongest and largest tendon in your body and is essential for pretty much every activity. It is also the most frequently ruptured tendon, often as a sports or overuse injury.
If you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, you can attest to the pain and discomfort this type of injury can cause. To remind everyone what symptoms to look for, this injury will cause inflammation, pain and tenderness in the back of the leg above the heel.
There are many treatment options that Dr. Harvey Danciger, foot and ankle specialist in Palm Desert, CA, can provide depending on the severity of your injury. Simple bandaging to restrict motion can be effective as well as anti-inflammatory medications. Rest and stretching exercises to strengthen the weakened muscles are also important. Dr. Danciger has helped many patients in his Palm Desert, CA podiatric office suffering with an Achilles tendon injury with the use of custom orthotics. These are shoe inserts that support the muscles in your foot and help relieve pain.
If you have had an Achilles injury that is not healing properly or are concerned that you may be susceptible to one based on your activities, see Dr. Danciger for a thorough foot exam and possible treatment. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at (760) 568-0108.