Achilles Tendonitis - North Hampton & Somersworth, NH Podiatrist | Nagy Footcare

Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon – the band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone – becomes inflamed.

What causes Achilles Tendonitis?

The primary cause of Achilles tendonitis and Achilles pain is overuse relating to a sudden increase in repetitive activity. For example, a runner who suddenly decides to increase the duration and intensity of their runs to train for a marathon.

Common symptoms:

  • Aching, stiffness, soreness or tenderness in the area between the calf muscle and heel bone, especially after physical activity.
  • Severe Achilles pain after prolonged running, climbing stairs, jumping or sprinting.

How do we treat you?

Usually, Achilles tendonitis can be treated conservatively by:

  • Resting
  • Reducing the swelling and inflammation with ice
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Physical therapy

When to visit Nagy Footcare

If you have persistent or severe Achilles pain around the Achilles tendon, it’s important to contact Nagy Footcare because you may have torn or ruptured the tendon, which could lead to the need for surgery. Contact us for an initial consultation today!