Achilles Tendon

Scott Rubenstein, DPM

Podiatrist located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY

Achilles tendon issues, like tendinitis, can result in severe pain along the back of the heel. At the office of Dr. Scott Rubenstein, a board-certified podiatrist in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, Dr. Rubenstein can effectively diagnose and treat the source of Achilles tendon pain, providing lasting relief. Schedule an Achilles tendon evaluation online or call the office directly at 212-674-1120.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon issues?

As the longest and most durable tendon in the human body, the Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone along the back of the foot. Since the Achilles tendon is responsible for bearing so much of a person’s body weight, it can easily become damaged or injured.

The most common Achilles tendon issue is Achilles tendonitis. This chronic inflammatory condition occurs due to overuse, particularly in people who run regularly or quickly change the intensity of their sport or exercise regimen.

Achilles tendon problems may also be caused by:

  • Flat feet
  • Worn-out or poorly fitting shoes
  • Certain prescription medications

The Achilles tendon gets weaker with age, therefore people are more prone to injuries and chronic Achilles tendon discomfort as they get older.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

With Achilles tendinitis, a ruptured Achilles tendon, or other similar problems, the most noticeable symptom is likely pain down the back of the calf that may range from mild to severe.

Achilles tendon injuries can also lead to:

  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg
  • Aching, burning, or inflammation in the calf
  • Stiffness or tenderness, particularly after periods of rest

An Achilles tendon injury or condition is likely to worsen if left untreated, so it’s important to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Rubenstein right away for any pain along the back of the heel

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

To determine the most effective treatment plan, Dr. Rubenstein first diagnoses the problem using essential imaging such as X-rays or ultrasound. Once Dr. Rubenstein understands what is causing the symptoms, he recommends the best course of treatment, which may include:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • Physical therapy and daily stretching
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

For Achilles tendon issues that don’t respond to these conservative measures, Dr. Rubenstein might suggest surgery.

Don’t let an Achilles tendon injury or tendinitis worsen. Schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. Scott Rubenstein online or by calling the office directly at 212-674-1120.