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Achilles Tendinitis

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Woman Stretching Achilles Tendon

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the heel, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. The largest tendon in the body, it is used whenever we walk, jump or run. Because the Achilles tendon is used so frequently, it is the one of the most commonly injured tendons in the body. Achilles Tendinitis is a common condition brought about by overuse of the Achilles tendon.

Relief at RENOVA Foot and Ankle

Renova offers the most advanced procedures available for treating Achilles tendonitis. With non-invasive procedures like Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and Tenex Health TX™ we are able to treat tendonitis quickly and effectively.

FAQ: Achilles Tendinitis

What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles Tendinitis usually develops over time due to excess stress on the tendon. A sudden increase in activity can weaken the Achilles tendon, leading to tendinitis. Risk of Achilles Tendinitis also increases with age and with certain factors such as fallen arches, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Exercising on a hilly terrain, in cold weather, and in worn out shoes are behaviors that can raise your risk of Achilles tendonitis.

How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?

In an examination, your foot and ankle specialist will check for swelling and tenderness in the calf and heel. He may also check for bony spurs in the back of the heel or an enlargement of the tendon. Using an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI can also help your doctor to assess the condition of your Achilles tendon.

Can Achilles tendonitis be treated non-surgically?

There are several non-surgical methods of treating at Achilles tendonitis. In addition to conventional methods of treatment like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and orthotic shoes and inserts, we provide a unique, non-invasive treatment called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). Shockwave therapy sends high intensity sound waves through the Achilles Tendon that stimulate a healing response in the tendon reducing inflammation and pain. Many patients who receive this 30 to 45 minute procedure find lifelong relief from Achilles Tendinitis. Shockwave Treatment requires a minimal recovery time and causes few to no side effects.

Does Achilles tendinitis need to be corrected with surgery?

Surgery is not always needed to treat Achilles tendinitis, but surgery can help when conservative treatments fail to eliminate symptoms. At Renova, we utilize a minimally invasive procedure known as Tenex Health TX™ to identify and remove diseased tissue that is causing pain in the Achilles tendon. Ultrasound imaging allows the surgeon to identify and debride unhealthy tissue with only a small microinsertion into the skin. With a typical recovery time of 2 to 6 weeks, Tenex Health TX™ restores natural tendon function quickly and effectively. We are proud to be one of the few Dallas area providers of this highly advanced procedure.

What happens if Achilles tendinitis goes untreated?

if left untreated, Achilles tendinitis can weaken the Achilles tendon, making it more susceptible to a rupture. Tendon rupture is an extremely painful injury that can only fully heal with surgery.

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