If you are feeling pain at the back of the heel or ankle, chances are that you have strained or injured your Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon, which stretches from the base of the heel up the calf is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the heels to the calf muscles and is involved in virtually all movements from running to walking up a flight of stairs, which makes it especially susceptible to injury in active individuals. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, the podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO, offer diagnostic and treatment options for Achilles tendon and other foot and ankle injuries.
Achilles Tendon Injury and Treatment in Denver, CO
The most common signs of an Achilles tendon strain or injury include:
- Calf pain
- Mild to severe pain above the heel
- Snapping or popping sound during movement
- Difficulty/inability to point the foot or stand on the toes of the injured leg
However, in some cases, you may not notice any symptoms right away.
Causes and Risk Factors for Achilles Tendonitis and Injuries
Anyone can suffer a strain, rupture, or another type of injury to the Achilles tendon, but there are certain activities and lifestyle factors that can make a person more prone to this type of orthopedic injury, like being obese or overweight which can put additional strain on the ankles and joints, physical activities that involve running and jumping, age, and gender (more likely in men).
Although they are not always avoidable depending on your physical activity levels and lifestyle, you can lower the risk of straining your Achilles tendon by stretching and strengthening your calf muscles, warming up before workouts, and alternating between high and low-intensity workouts. So if you run a few miles every week or are training for a marathon, consider walking, swimming, or cycling on alternate days. Be sure to wear supportive footwear and to increase the intensity of your workouts in slow increments (no more than 10% per week).
Find a Podiatrist in Denver, CO
For more information about Achilles tendonitis and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Diabetic Foot & Wound Center Colorado Sports Podiatry by calling 303-321-4477 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber today.