Achilles tendon ruptures and tendinitis aren’t just problems for athletes.

Anyone can suffer an Achilles injury that can lead to inflammation or tears, making just walking around feel like a painful chore. If you suspect an injury to
your Achilles tendon, call the orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist Dr. Dominique Nickson at Next Step Orthopedics in McKinney, Texas, right away.

You can even book an appointment online.

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What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is the irritation and inflammation of the tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel. It’s brought on by overuse, tightening of the calf muscle, or bone spurs. This inflammation in your Achilles tendon causes it to swell and cause shooting pains in your foot and leg; it can lead to a limp or even total immobility.

What is the treatment for Achilles tendinitis?

Dr. Nickson, an orthopedic surgeon experienced in treating Achilles tendon issues, performs a full examination to determine the cause and severity of your tendinitis. He may also order X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound to assess the extent of the damage.

Once he’s determined the cause of your tendinitis, Dr. Nickson creates a personalized, comprehensive care plan to correct your discomfort and get you back on your feet. This treatment plan may include:

  • A walking boot
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Cortisone injections

In some cases, surgery may be needed to alleviate the pain; tendinitis caused by bone spurs often requires surgery.

What is an Achilles tendon tear?

Tearing your Achilles tendon is a serious injury where the tendon that helps your leg to control your foot is either partially torn or severed completely, preventing it from functioning and stopping you in your tracks.

What is the treatment for a torn Achilles tendon?  

Because Achilles tendon tears can be painless, and have little to no sign of a rupture, it’s important to know what to look for. A ruptured Achilles can have symptoms that include:

  • Swelling
  • Inability to bend your foot
  • Inability to stand on your toes
  • Popping sounds

Dr. Nickson performs a thorough examination and diagnosis, then develops an individualized treatment plan, depending on your age and activity level and the severity of the tear.

Nonsurgical treatments are more common for patients who are less active and typically involve a walking boot or cast to immobilize your foot and crutches to keep you from putting weight on the healing tendon.

For more drastic tears or more active patients, Dr. Nickson may recommend surgery to stitch the tendon back together. After surgery, Dr. Nickson prescribes an immobilizing boot and crutches while you recover. It usually takes about 4-6 months before you can resume your previous activity level.

If you’re suffering from an Achilles tendon rupture or tendinitis, call Next Step Orthopedics or book your appointment online today.