Achilles Tendonitis Treatment for Residents of DeKalb, IL & Surrounding Areas
Achilles tendonitis can develop when the Achilles tendon is strained and its surrounding protective sheath becomes inflamed. The longest tendon in the body, this rope-like band of tissue extends from the calf muscle to the heel bone. This strong tendon is designed to withstand the continual stresses of walking and other activities, but much like the other components of the musculoskeletal system, its overuse can lead to injury. Achilles tendonitis can cause pain and swelling that worsens when the affected ankle is flexed. For a prompt evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of these symptoms, individuals in DeKalb and the surrounding Illinois communities can consult with an experienced foot and ankle specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute.
At MOI in DeKalb, IL, we emphasize conservative treatment for Achilles tendon injuries and other orthopaedic conditions whenever possible, reserving surgery as a last resort. After confirming a diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis, we typically recommend an individualized treatment plan consisting of one or more of the following non-surgical options:
- Avoidance of activities and movements that cause pain
- Immobilization of the affected ankle with a brace or cast
- A shoe insert designed to help prevent the Achilles tendon from being overly stretched
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Ice applications as needed
- A targeted stretching regimen
If the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis persist or worsen, a patient may benefit from physical therapy. At MOI, we offer a variety of services through our multi-disciplinary rehabilitation practice, which has an outstanding staff of licensed physical and occupational therapists, licensed physical therapist assistants, certified athletic trainers, and licensed massage therapists. Because a full recovery from Achilles tendonitis can take some time, we work with our patients to help them remain active and maintain their fitness levels throughout the healing period.
To learn more about Achilles tendonitis or schedule an appointment at one of our offices in the DeKalb, IL, area, contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute today.