Achilles Tendon Specialist

Dr. Frank Henry, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Victoria, TX & Marble Falls, TX

Your Achilles tendon, the longest tendon your body, is prone to overuse and injury, especially if you exercise a lot, dance, or play sports. With his expertise in modern Achilles tendon treatments, Dr. Frank Henry can help you get relief from Achilles tendon pain right in his office. You can book an Achilles tendon evaluation at Dr. Frank Henry, Foot and Ankle Specialist at the Victoria or Marble Falls, Texas, location directly through the website or over the phone.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon injuries?

 

Your Achilles tendon runs down the back of your lower leg and is attached to your heel bone. Every time to push off when taking a step, you use your Achilles tendon. Needless to say, it stretches and contracts regularly throughout the day and is prone to overuse, inflammation (tendonitis), or injury.

You can struggle with Achilles tendon pain or develop injuries due to:

  • Exercising infrequently, as with weekend warriors
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes, especially while exercising
  • Inadequate stretching before exercise or sports
  • Running or training on uneven surfaces
  • Just starting a new sport or exercise
  • Having overly tight calf muscles
  • Taking certain antibiotics

 

In some cases, Achilles tendon injuries, including Achilles tendonitis, develop because of irritation due to a heel spur. Without proper treatment, you risk straining your Achilles tendon even further, which can increase your risk of a rupture.

When should I see a podiatrist for Achilles tendon pain?

Ideally, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Frank Henry as soon as you start experiencing pain or soreness down the back of your lower leg. It’s especially important to book an Achilles tendon examination if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Stiffened Achilles tendon after periods of inactivity (like sleeping)
  • Difficulty flexing your foot or bearing weight on the affected foot
  • Discomfort that worsens with activity
  • Heel pain or swelling

You should also book an Achilles tendon exam with Dr. Frank Henry right away if you suffer from trauma or a sports injury that causes a sudden “pop” sound or sensation. This can be a warning sign of a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate medical intervention.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

 

With Dr. Frank Henry, you can undergo in-office diagnostic ultrasound or digital X-ray imaging at either location, so you can get diagnosed quickly. Depending on the outcome of your exam and imaging, Dr. Frank Henry may recommend any of the following Achilles tendon treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Activity modifications
  • Injection therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Walking boot
  • Ice and rest
  • Heel lifts

Before your Achilles tendon pain worsens any further, book an exam with Dr. Frank Henry. Request an appointment online or call either office to schedule your exam.

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