Achilles Tendonitis Has 2 Main Types

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The stress and pressure on the feet and ankles from repetitive exercise and sporting activities can cause aggravation to the Achilles tendon that can become extremely painful and debilitating creating the condition called Achilles tendonitis. If you are suffering from heel pain be sure to see your foot doctor for innovative treatments like MLS laser therapy to treat Achilles tendon complications.

There are two main types of Achilles tendonitis, determined by the part of the tendon that is affected:

1)    Insertional Achilles tendonitis—This typically involves the lower heel area where the tendon “inserts” to the heel bone. It usually occurs from high-stress activities like long distance running and competitive sports participation. The calcified growths called heel spurs are more likely to occur in patients with insertional Achilles tendinitis.

2)    Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis—As the name implies, noninsertional Achilles tendonitis characterized by a weakening and tearing of the fibers in the middle part of the tendon rather than at the insertion point. The tendon will become thicker and swollen causing severe pain and immobility. 

Treatments for Achilles tendonitis include:

●     Resting the foot—rest, icing, and elevation will help to relieve stress and swelling

●     Custom orthotic inserts can insulate and isolate the heel area while the tendon improves.

●     Changing activities—Switching to a low impact activity such as swimming can provide relief to the tendon, and you can still get some exercise without causing further damage.

If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of Achilles tendonitis, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 or our Metuchen office at (732) 744-0003 for an appointment.