Up to 10% of runners, dancers, and athletes develop Achilles tendonitis, a painful condition characterized by heel and calf pain. At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the providers specialize in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendonitis. They offer both minimally invasive and surgical treatment options. To make an appointment today, call the office in New York City, or click the online booking feature.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when your Achilles tendon –– a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles –– becomes swollen or inflamed. At first, you might only experience heel or foot pain during exercise, but as the condition worsens it might affect your mobility and quality of life.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:
You might also experience a limited range of motion that affects your ability to flex your foot.
Achilles tendonitis occurs for various reasons, including:
You’re also more likely to experience Achilles tendonitis if you run long distances or up hills.
At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the providers diagnose Achilles tendonitis by reviewing your medical records and asking about your symptoms, including when they started, where the pain is, and if it’s worse when working or exercising.
Next, your provider examines your heel and Achilles tendon, looking for swelling, redness, or bruising. They assess your range of motion and evaluate the alignment of your foot and ankle. They also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI, to get a better look at your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
Treatment of Achilles tendonitis depends on various things, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your mobility.
The expert providers at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates often recommend conservative and minimally invasive treatments, including:
If these treatments don’t provide relief and your symptoms continue, surgery might be necessary. Depending on your needs, surgery might involve repairing your tendon, removing bone spurs, or lengthening your calf muscles.
Make an appointment today at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, to learn more about the treatment options for Achilles tendonitis. Call the office or click the online booking feature.