It’s a beautiful spring day and you decide it’s time to re-start your running regimen. Sure it’s been a few months since you’ve hit the trail because of the cold temps and bad weather but you think you should be able to pick up where you left off. You take your usual route, determined to complete it. When you do, your victory dance is cut short by an aching pain in the lower part of your calf, accompanied by some swelling. Chances are you have Achilles tendonitis.
At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we see this condition often in “weekend warriors,” those patients who work out long and hard on weekend to make up for slacking during the week or in people starting (or re-starting) an exercise regimen and going too far too fast.
What Can be Done?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and capable of withstanding forces up to 1,000 pounds or more but it is also one of the most commonly torn tendons. Fortunately, there are a number of non-invasive treatment options for Achilles tendonitis. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will choose the correct one for you after taking a complete medical history, conducting a thorough exam and confirming the diagnosis. These may include anti-inflammatory medications and icing to reduce pain and swelling. Long-term solutions that the foot doctor may recommend might be using a brace or orthotics to alleviate stress on the tendon and to limit its motion. Physical therapy and stretching regimens for the tendon and the muscles that support it can also help prevent future tendon problems.
If you suspect you may have injured your Achilles tendonitis, don’t delay. Left untreated, the injury could worsen causing a longer time missing your favorite activities. Contact our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894 for an appointment.