Why does the back of my heel hurt?
Achilles tendon problems are commonly seen in our Dayton and Springfield podiatry offices. Most often your Achilles tednon pain is caused by overuse or repeated movements. Overuse can happen during weekend sports, work related activity, or just your daily errands. For example, if you do a lot of kicking like in soccer or stop-and-go motions when you play tennis, you can get microtears in the tendon. Microtears can also happen with a change in how long, hard, or often you run. Microtears in the tendon may not be able to heal quickly or completely.
An Achilles rupture very painful and is common in Dayton and Springfield athletes. It is most often caused by a sudden, forceful motion that stresses the calf muscle. This can happen during an intense athletic activity or even during simple running or jumping. Middle-aged adults are especially likely to get this kind of injury.
Being out of shape or not warming up before exercising may also cause Achilles tendon problems. So can shoes with poor arch supports or rigid heels.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Achilles tendon problems include swelling in the ankle area and mild or severe pain. The pain may come on gradually or may only occur when you walk or run. You may have less strength and range of movement in the ankle.
A rupture of the Achilles tendon may cause a sudden, sharp pain. Most people feel or hear a pop at the same time. Swelling and bruising may occur, and you may not be able to point your foot down or stand on your toes.
Chronic inflammation and pain in Achilles tendon should not be ignored and often requires several types of treatment directed by you podiatrist. Please call and schedule an appointment in our Springfield office at 322-7607 to see Dr Thomas or our Dayton offices by calling 426-9500 to see Dr Dotter or Dr. Guehl