Achilles Tendon Injury Treatment in New York
What is an Achilles tendon injury?
Your Achilles tendon, which connects the back of your heel bone to your calf muscles, can rupture (tear) due to trauma. Often, Achilles tendon injuries are the result of recreational sports. Those who suffer from an Achilles injury, such as Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendon rupture, may experience problems walking, running, bearing weight, or using the full range of motion in the leg or ankle. An Achilles tendon injury may involve tearing the tendon partially or fully and requires more extensive treatment—including surgery—depending on the severity of the problem.
If you suspect that you may have an Achilles tendon injury such as Achilles tendonitis, request an appointment with Performance Health in NYC and Pearl River for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Our board-certified physicians and specialists provide a wide range of Achilles tendonitis and tendon rupture treatment and rehabilitation options.
What causes an Achilles tendon injury?
Your Achilles tendon helps you to do nearly every movement with your foot—namely, pushing onto your toe to help you walk. A small portion of the tendon is slightly more susceptible to injury than the rest of it, a section that is a couple of inches from the heel bone and regularly gets less blood flow than other portions of the tendon. Events that can potentially lead to an Achilles tendon rupture or tendonitis include:
- Stepping into a hole
- Falling onto the heel
- Participating in sports that require jumping
What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?
It is possible to suffer from an Achilles tendon tear that does not always have noticeable symptoms, but often it involves a sore Achilles tendon. People frequently experience one or more of the below signs of Achilles tendon injury in addition to soreness:
- Moderate to severe pain near your heel
- Difficulty standing on tip-toes
- “Popping” sensation at the time of injury
- Difficulty or pain when walking (especially when pushing off toes)
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Performance Health for Achilles tendonitis and tendon rupture treatment.
What are the risk factors for an Achilles tendon injury?
The following may increase your chances of suffering from a ruptured Achilles tendon or Achilles tendonitis:
- Sports – Sports that involve running and jumping, such as soccer, tennis, or basketball, increase your chances of suffering from an Achilles tendon injury.
- Age – People between ages 30 and 40 are most likely to suffer from an Achilles injury.
- Gender – Women are much more likely to suffer from an Achilles injury than men.
- Steroid injections – Injections for joint pain can weaken surrounding muscles and increase chances of the Achilles tendon rupturing.
- Antibiotics – Using certain antibiotics can increase the risk of an Achilles tear occurring.
How is an Achilles tendon injury diagnosed?
At Performance Health, your Achilles tendon injury can be accurately diagnosed during a physical exam of the injured area. Using a series of movements and questions about your symptoms, a diagnosis can usually be made. In some cases, your doctor may ask you to have other diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your Achilles injury. These tests may include:
- MRI scan
How is an Achilles tendon injury treated?
Achilles tendonitis and tendon rupture treatment can involve non-surgical or surgical intervention, both options usually requiring some form of therapy during the recovery period. The following rehabilitation treatments are available to help ensure a successful Achilles tendon injury recovery:
- Physical therapy and myofascial release
- Sports medicine and rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Massage therapy
- Regenerative and alternative medicine
If you are suffering from an Achilles injury, the first step to improving your health and returning to your normal activities is to schedule an evaluation at Performance Health. Our physicians are experts in foot and knee injuries and can help you get back to performance-level health. Call one of our New York offices at 212.486.8616, or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment now.