Achilles Tendonitis Specialist

James C Graham, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care

James C Graham, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Effingham, IL

Although Achilles tendonitis probably won’t put an end to your weekend tennis career, it may knock you out of the game for a few weeks. When the pain in your heel or calf is more than you can stand, it may be time to visit Dr. James C. Graham of Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care for a professional evaluation. Dr. Graham has been helping patients get relief from Achilles tendonitis and many other foot and ankle conditions in Effingham, Illinois, and the surrounding areas for many years. Call or schedule a consultation online.

Achilles Tendonitis Q&A

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a common condition resulting from the overuse of your Achilles tendon — the largest tendon in your body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You use your Achilles tendon when you walk, run, and jump, and it can withstand quite a lot of stress. However, when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from overuse, you may experience the painful symptoms of Achilles tendonitis.

What causes overuse of the Achilles tendon?

It isn’t usually related to a specific injury, but rather Achilles tendonitis occurs from repetitive stress to your tendon such as an increase in the amount or intensity of an activity. Men and women who become weekend exercise warriors often aggravate the Achilles tendon as a result of not warming up properly or trying to run too far, too fast.

Additional factors that may contribute to Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Playing sports like tennis or basketball that require quick changes in direction
  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes
  • Wearing high-heel shoes every day
  • Having bone spurs or arthritis
  • Aging muscles and tendons

What are typical symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?

One of the most common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis is swelling and pain on the back of your heel, especially when you walk or run. Other symptoms include:

  • Tight calf muscles
  • Inability to fully flex your foot
  • Severe pain the day after you exercise
  • Bone spurs
  • Skin on the back of your heel that feels warm to the touch

When should I see a doctor?

If you have the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis and they don’t go away after resting, icing, and reducing your physical activity, contact Dr. Graham and his experienced team as soon as possible. If your pain doesn’t subside or is severe, you may have a ruptured Achilles tendon. Dr. Graham needs to evaluate your symptoms and examine your leg to determine what treatment options would be most effective.

In most cases, Achilles tendonitis responds well to nonsurgical therapies like rest, ice, and specific exercises. If symptoms don’t improve after six months, you may need surgery. Dr. Graham performs both endoscopic and arthroscopic surgery for most foot conditions. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about Achilles tendonitis and the available treatment options.