The Achilles tendon is the union of three very strong muscles (the soleus and the two gastrocnemius muscles) that attach to the back of your heel. If this important tendon slowed down a favored hero in the Iliad, it can slow anyone down! It is not normal to have pain in the back of the ankle that does not go away! Don't let it be your Achilles heel...
Achilles tendonitis (swelling of the Achilles tendon) can turn into Achilles tendinosis (breaking down of the tendon) over time. Early treatment is always important! Any tenderness to the back of the heel should be examined by your Podiatrist. Without proper imaging (such as x-rays), it is not possible to tell if a fracture or other problems are occurring in the area. While certain foot-types can cause Achilles tendonitis, it can also be caused by a sports injury.
Depending on the physical exam and radiology findings, your Podiatrist may immobilize the affected lower extremity, prescribe medications, prescribe physical therapy, custom orthotics, order an MRI, and recommend rest, ice, elevation, compression.
If surgical intervention is needed, Drs. Goldfine are highly skilled foot and ankle surgeons and well-trained in Achilles tendon repair. Depending on the injury, Dr. Goldfine can possibly repair the Achilles tendon through an open incision or with minimally invasive techniques.
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