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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

Your Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in your body and can handle 1,000 pounds or more of force. Ironically, it’s also the most frequently injured tendon and a problem that we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC treat often. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon and a condition that afflicts both experienced athletes and weekend warriors.  Basically, the inflammation is caused by some form of overuse. Examples include:

  • Suddenly increasing speed or distance in your running or walking
    routine
  • Stair climbing or hill running
  • Re-starting an exercise or sport activity too quickly after a period of inactivity
  • Not warming up and stretching adequately (particularly your calf muscles) before exercise
  • An intense and sudden hard contraction of the calf muscle as would occur in a sprint

Symptoms and Relief

The signs of Achilles tendonitis may come on gradually. You may experience a little pain after running or exercising along the tendon that gets worse over time. Your lower leg may feel tired and there may also be swelling in the tendon area. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will want to examine your leg and will ask questions about your recent activities as well as your medical history. Once a diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis is confirmed, there are several treatment options:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Bandage to limit motion of the tendon
  • Stretching and other exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the tendon
  • Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Orthotic inserts for your shoes

In addition, the foot doctor may recommend that you take a break from exercises that put strain on the tendon and switch to some that are less stressful to this area, such as swimming. In very severe cases that do not respond to other treatments surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing pain or weakness in your Achilles tendon, contact our Pooler office for an appointment today at: (912) 330 – 8885.

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885