The feet do the most work of any part of the body, for each step you take they must support and then move your whole weight – they’ve been doing it every day of your life since the day you took your first step. Unfortunately, all those steps can mount up and cause pain in your feet or a sudden injury can make it hard for your feet to do their work. Our East Brunswick Foot & Ankle Center treats all kinds of foot problems whether caused by overuse, injury or those patients needing assistance with basic nail and 08816 foot care.
One of the most common complaints our 08816 foot care practice hears from our patients is pain along the back of the foot down to the heel. This is often a symptom of a condition called Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, a thick fibrous chord that runs down the back of the leg and attaches to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon moves the heel up and down. Achilles tendonitis causes pain and swelling at the lower portion of the tendon just above the heel. It is often caused by overuse, especially athletic training, a sudden injury or an abnormality in the way a person walks.
Our 08816 foot care doctor diagnoses Achilles tendonitis through a careful examination of the foot and evaluation of the patient’s walk to first rule out several other conditions that can exhibit similar symptoms. It is always best to seek treatment for heel pain as soon as it occurs to heal the problem before it gets worse. Rest is a component of any treatment plan for Achilles tendonitis, other options that our doctor can employ include the use of more comfortable shoes and heel lifts to cushion the heel and relax the tendon, our doctor may prescribe orthotics to take the pressure off the tendon when standing or walking, as well as the use of anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the pain. Surgery is an option for very severe cases but has a slow recovery period. Most cases of Achilles tendonitis do get better with the more conservative treatments over time. If you have pain and swelling behind your heel come into our office.