Achilles Tears & Tendinitis

Treatment For Achilles Tears, Tendon Pain, & Tendinitis

What Is Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can occur from overuse, tightness of the calf muscle, bone spurring, or even as a side effect of certain medications. When people develop Achilles tendinitis, there are a variety of treatments that an orthopedic specialist may suggest to resolve the issue and help you return to regular activity without pain or discomfort.



Risks Of An Achilles Tear

Symptoms Of An Achilles Tendon Tear

You will often notice that you have experienced an Achilles tendon tear the moment it occurs or soon after. Often, this injury is accompanied by an auditory popping sound in addition to pain and reduced mobility. The most common symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture are:

  • Sudden onset of pain in the ankle
  • A popping or snapping sound
  • Sensation in the calf as if you have just been kicked
  • The inability to bend your foot downward
  • Difficulty walking

When you schedule a consultation with G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s physician, Dr. Goradia will go over all your reported symptoms to ensure you receive the care you need to minimize your symptoms and resolve the issue as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Diagnosing An Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles tears can be debilitating, hindering your ability to walk and go about your daily activities. At your consultation with Dr. Goradia, he will perform a detailed physical examination to discuss your symptoms and determine the extent of the damage to the tendon. In many cases surgery will be recommended to repair the torn Achilles tendon.



Achilles Tear & Tendinitis Treatment In Richmond, VA

Nonsurgical treatments may include the use of crutches, ice, and anti-inflammatories to rest and restore the ankle over time. These nonsurgical methods work in some cases, though you may have an increased chances of re-rupture and weakness.

In cases where an orthopedic doctor recommends surgery, an incision in the back of your lower leg is made and the tendon is stitched together, repairing the tendon. Afterward, there is a period of rest and rehabilitation, though most of Dr. Goradia's orthopedic patients are able to walk with a boot for 4 weeks and then walk without a boot or crutches. It can take 4-6 months to resume strenuous sports and work activities.