Achilles Tendon Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Your Achilles tendon is a fibrous band of tissues that connect your calf muscles to your heel bone. But with one swift move in the wrong direction, you can wind up with Achilles tendon problems, which often require treatment from the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. With five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area, you have an office nearby if you have an Achilles tendon injury. Book your appointment by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling your closest office.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon problems?

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and even though it’s designed to withstand your entire body weight and absorb shock, it can easily get injured. Between repetitive motions, overuse, small tears, and overstretching, a lot can go wrong with your Achilles tendon. Pain and discomfort can occur if you:

  • Run long distances
  • Have naturally flat feet
  • Wear poorly fitting shoes, especially during physical activity
  • Play sports that require quick turns or stops, like basketball or tennis

You’re also more likely to struggle with Achilles tendon problems, like Achilles tendinitis, if you’re older or if you’re male. In some cases, medications, particularly certain antibiotics, can drastically increase your risk of Achilles tendon issues.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offers plenty of Achilles tendon injury or tendinitis treatments right in the office. Your treatment plan generally includes a combination of several of the following solutions:

  • Specialized stretches and exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)
  • Custom orthotics or supportive shoes
  • Cortisone steroid injections
  • Ultrasound therapy

Most men and women who struggle with acute or chronic Achilles tendinitis and similar problems respond well to Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®). This type of cutting-edge technology works by sending energy pressure waves into your injured area through a handheld device.

These waves stimulate nutrient metabolism for healing and enhance blood circulation. With each treatment, tissues gradually regenerate until your Achilles tendon is fully healed.

Do I need surgery for a torn Achilles tendon?

Generally no, although it just depends on the severity of your specific injury. Most men and women who have Achilles tendon tears respond well to EPAT, ultrasound therapy, and similar types of conservative treatments. If you have a severe tear or if your condition just isn’t getting any better, the team of surgical podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle might suggest surgery.

Achilles tendon surgery involves either surgically lengthening your calf muscles or removing the damaged part of your Achilles tendon. In severe cases where more than 50% of your Achilles tendon is damaged, you might need an Achilles tendon transfer. This procedure involves relocating a tendon from your big toe up to replace damaged Achilles tendon tissue.

Because recovery is long after Achilles tendon surgery and it can take some time to return to your everyday activities, the team usually recommends surgery only as a last resort. If you do need Achilles tendon surgery, though, the practitioners at Hoosier Foot & Ankle care for you every step of the way.

Before living another day with Achilles tendon pain, see what the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can do for you. Schedule your evaluation either online or over the phone.

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