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Achilles Tendinitis Specialist

Manhattan Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Midtown West, New York, NY & Astoria, NY

If you run, play sports, or live an otherwise active lifestyle, you’re more likely to experience Achilles tendinitis. Fortunately, it’s possible to reduce inflammation and improve your quality of life with diagnosis and treatment. At Manhattan Orthopedics, experienced orthopedic and foot and ankle surgeon Guillermo Duarte, MD, uses nonoperative and operative techniques to treat Achilles tendinitis in people of all ages. To make an appointment in Midtown Manhattan, Astoria, or Brooklyn in New York City, call the nearest office or book online today.

Achilles Tendinitis Q & A

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is an activity-related injury characterized by calf pain, heel pain, and stiffness. Anyone can develop Achilles tendinitis, but it’s most common in athletes, runners, and weekend warriors. If you regularly experience lower leg pain and it interferes with your daily routine, make an appointment at Manhattan Orthopedics.

When should I visit a doctor about Achilles tendinitis?

Make an appointment at Manhattan Orthopedics if you experience pain or stiffness around your Achilles tendon. That’s especially true if the pain affects your sleep, mobility, or quality of life.

Pain caused by Achilles tendinitis is typically worse in the morning. You might also experience flare-ups after intense activities like sprinting or stair climbing.

Who is at risk of experiencing Achilles tendinitis?

You’re more likely to experience Achilles tendinitis if you:

  • Are middle-aged or older
  • Have flat feet or tight calf muscles
  • Wear unsupportive footwear during exercise
  • Have a chronic condition, like high blood pressure

You’re also more likely to experience Achilles tendinitis if you take certain types of prescription medication.

How is Achilles tendinitis diagnosed?

To diagnose Achilles tendinitis, Dr. Duarte reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if they’re worse at certain times of the day, and if they respond to treatments like ice and rest.

Next, Dr. Duarte conducts an exam. He carefully looks at your heel, ankle, and calf for signs of bruising, swelling, or redness. Then, Dr. Duarte gently presses on your calf and Achilles tendon to determine the location and severity of your pain.

Dr. Duarte might also order an MRI to get a closer look at your Achilles tendon. An MRI can rule out more serious issues, like an Achilles tendon tear or rupture.

How is Achilles tendinitis treated?

Treatment of Achilles tendinitis depends on several factors, including your age and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Duarte recommends conservative treatments, like:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Custom orthotics

If these treatments don’t relieve your symptoms or they worsen, surgery might be necessary. Dr. Duarte regularly performs minimally invasive procedures designed to alleviate pain caused by Achilles tendinitis.

To learn more about the treatment options for Achilles tendinitis, make an appointment at Manhattan Orthopedics by calling the nearest office or booking online today.