Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis can be a very frustrating condition to suffer from. It can cause you a lot of pain and limit the physical activities you love to do. It’s important to take care of your heels and your Achilles tendon, so that you are able to continue living an active lifestyle.

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, in this case the Achilles tendon (the largest one in the body) that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. There are two different types. Noninsertional is when the middle part of the tendon becomes inflamed, and it usually affects younger, more active people. Insertional is when the inflammation occurs at the point where the tendon inserts into the bone, and it can happen to anyone at any time. If you suffer from this condition, you will most likely have pain along the tendon first thing in the morning, when it has tightened up with rest, and it can get worse as your activity level increases. Your ankle may also be swollen. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may wish to schedule a visit to Coastal Podiatry, LLC for an evaluation.

What are the Causes of Achilles Tendinitis?

This problem is usually thought of as an active person’s injury, although that is not always the case. Some of the main causes of this condition include increasing your activity level suddenly, rather than gradually over time; working out without properly stretching your calf muscles; and having a bone spur on your ankle. These are risk factors that may increase your chances of developing problems with your Achilles tendon.

What are the Treatment Options?

Achilles tendinitis can sometimes be treated with conservative methods. You must first discontinue the activity that is causing the problem. Rest your feet and ice them a few times a day to bring down any swelling that may be occurring. We can demonstrate various heel and calf stretches that you can do to help with your pain and prevent further damage. We can also recommend special shoes or design a custom-made orthotic to address your symptoms. Many of our patients find relief from the pain and are able to resume normal activities with these treatments.

If none of these noninvasive methods seem to be working, you can move towards other options. Cortisone injections into the part of the foot that is hurting can be very beneficial. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) can also help with the healing process. If after six months of conservative treatment there is no change to your ankle, you might consider surgery as a last resort.

What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is used to treat chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis). "Extracorporeal" means "outside of the body." During this noninvasive procedure, sonic waves are directed at the area of pain using a device similar to that currently used in nonsurgical treatment of kidney stones.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is prescribed for patients who have experienced plantar fasciitis for an extended period of time -- six months or more -- and have not benefited from other conservative treatments. The brief procedure lasts about 30 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia and/or "twilight" anesthesia. Strong sound waves are directed at and penetrate the heel area to stimulate a healing response by the body. ESWT is performed on an outpatient basis. Although there are no bandages, someone will need to drive the patient home.

People who are not candidates for ESWT include pregnant women and individuals with neurological foot disease, vascular foot disease, pacemakers, or people taking medications that interfere with blood clotting (such as Coumadin).

This therapy is a safe and effective alternative treatment for heel pain and only requires a short recovery time. Clinical studies show a 70 percent success rate for treatment of plantar fasciitis using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy.

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Coastal Podiatry

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Mount Pleasant, SC & Moncks Corner, SC

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.

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Coastal Podiatry

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.


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