Signs of Achilles Tendinitis

What do you know about the Achilles tendon? If it’s strained, you may be feeling stiffness, pain, and discomfort. You can feel pain in the morning. You may also notice it more when wearing shoes with a closed back. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center helps patients with this pain by providing treatment options to get them back to a healthy way of moving. Healing takes time, but making an appointment with a podiatrist is the first step.

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the longest and thickest in the body, and you can find it behind each leg. It connects the heel bone to the muscles in your calf and allows you to point your toes or stretch your leg.

What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Athletes commonly have Achilles tendinitis because of overuse or intensity levels. Often, their bodies need time to rest and recover. Poorly fitting shoes or an unhealthy weight can also contribute to an increased risk for an injury. Inflammation causes discomfort. 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?

You can notice pain, tenderness, or stiffness in the following locations:

  • Just above the heel bone
  • Behind the heel bone
  • Back of the leg

What are the treatment options for Achilles Tendinitis?

Before attempting to figure things out on your own, make an appointment with a podiatrist. We’re here to help you find relief and avoid worsening your injury. Before considering surgery, explore the following treatment options:

If a podiatrist determines there has been a rupture of the tendon, surgery is the best option.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Shockwave Therapy: An Alternative to Surgery

There’s some exciting news electrifying the world of podiatry today: a shocking alternative to invasive surgical procedures! Though it was invented in the mid-1960s, this innovative treatment method has become especially known in the last few decades thanks to advancements in podiatric medicine. While traditional surgical methods are appropriate in certain cases and often serve as viable options to treat various foot and ankle issues, podiatrists have worked hard to develop less invasive alternatives that produce similar or better results. One of these treatment methods, in particular, called Shockwave Therapy, is a treatment offered by Dr. Lily Khavari to address several types of foot and ankle pain. Though Shockwave Therapy is most commonly used to treat heel pain, that’s not all it can be used to address:

  • Stress fractures
  • Corns & Calluses
  • Neuromas

While the name of this treatment method might sound like it could be painful, Shockwave Therapy is well known for being relatively painless. Shockwave Therapy utilizes high-intensity soundwaves by directing them at target areas that are painful, inflamed, or uncomfortable. These soundwaves penetrate the tissues deep within our bodies. As a result, they stimulate the growth and development of healthy new tissues to replace damaged, inflamed tissues. Prior to Shockwave Therapy becoming widely used with leading podiatrists, foot issues like plantar fasciitis and chronic tendinitis were treated by surgical intervention. It can take a lot of time to prepare for surgery when you consider getting time off of work, having to go under anesthesia and the recovery time of the incision site. When comparing this to trying Shockwave Therapy first, you could:

  • Avoid long waits for a surgery date
  • Going under anesthesia
  • Taking up to a week or more off of work
  • Virtually eliminate a painful recovery that requires drugs
  • Enjoying the same success rate as invasive surgery

Our team at Carrollton Foot Center in Carrollton, Texas offers the best care in town. If Shockwave Therapy has piqued your interest, follow up today! Call us at (469) 998-3668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari.

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