9645 Lincoln-Way Ln | Suite 104 | Frankfort, IL 60423 | (779) 333-7419
Achilles Tendon
PODIATRY CARE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH
COMMON CONDITIONS
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The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. Its purpose is to connect the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. This tendon is responsible for facilitating all types of movement, like walking and running. Since this tendon provides an enormous amount of mobility to an individual, any injuries inflicted to this tissue should be immediately brought up with a physician to prevent further damage. The most common injuries that can trouble the Achilles tendon are tendon ruptures and Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, thickening of the tendon, and slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated via several methods and is often diagnosed by an MRI. An Achilles tendon rupture is trickier to heal, and is by far the most painful injury. It is caused by the tendon ripping or completely snapping. The results are immediate and absolutely devastating, and will render the patient immobile. If a rupture or tear occurs, operative and non-operative methods are available. Once the treatment begins, depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time for these types of issues can take up to a year. Simple preventative measures can be taken as a means to avoid both injuries. Prior to any movement, taking a few minutes to stretch out the tendon is a great way to stimulate the tissue. Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses are all suggested ways to help strengthen the lower legs and promote Achilles tendon health. Many problems arise among athletes and people who overexert themselves while exercising or who do not properly warm up before beginning an activity. Proper, comfortable shoes that fit correctly can also decrease tendon injuries. Some professionals also suggest that when exercising, you should make sure that the floor you are on is cushioned or has a mat, as this will relieve pressure on the heels. As always, a healthy diet will also increase tendon health. It is very important to seek out a podiatrist if you believe you have an injury in the Achilles region, because further damage could result in severe complications that would make being mobile difficult, if not impossible.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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Common Conditions
At Illinois Foot & Ankle Center we take pride in providing each patient with the best experience possible.  Dr. May takes the time to fully understand the needs of each patient and determine the best path to wellness.  Whether it’s routine nail care or surgery to repair a ruptured achilles tendon, Dr. May’s training and experience have prepared her to provide the best care possible. Below is a list of the more common conditions we treat.  Click to find out more.  If you have questions about these or any condition not listed please give us a call!
Achilles Tendon Disorders
Diabetic Shoes
Dry Heels
Fallen Arches (Flat Feet)
Ganglion Cyst
Gout
Stress Fracture of the Foot
Toe/Metatarsal Fractures    (Broken Toes)
Kelly N. May, DPM, AACFAS Foot and Ankle Surgeon
PODIATRY CARE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH
9645 Lincoln-Way Ln | Suite 104 | Frankfort, IL 60423 (779) 333-7419