Each year, more than 6,000 athletes, runners, and active people suffer an Achilles injury (also known as an Achilles tendon injury). At Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, the team of experienced podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons specializes in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendon injuries, including tendonitis, tendon ruptures, and tendon strains. Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule treatment for an Achilles injury, or book your appointment online.
Yes. The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team treats several types of Achilles injuries, including:
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that causes your Achilles tendon to become irritated or inflamed. It commonly affects runners and athletes but can also affect people who work jobs that require lots of standing on hard surfaces.
An Achilles tendon strain is a minor injury to your Achilles tendon. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the bones in your feet, helping you to walk and run. It’s incredibly tough but susceptible to general wear-and-tear.
An Achilles tendon rupture causes your Achilles tendon to partially or completely rupture (tear apart). This type of injury is very painful and often requires surgery.
Your Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your heel, ankle, and lower leg for bruising and swelling. They gently press on your heel and calf to identify sensitive areas and feel for a gap or tear in your tendon.
Your provider might also ask you to lie down on your stomach with your feet hanging over the exam table. If they squeeze your foot and your Achilles tendon doesn’t flex automatically, it indicates a tear or rupture.
If these tests can’t confirm the severity of the Achilles injury, your provider orders an MRI or an ultrasound to get a closer look at your Achilles tendon and the surrounding soft tissues.
The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team treats Achilles injuries using a conservative and evidence-based approach. They might suggest:
If your symptoms continue or worsen, you might benefit from tendon repair surgery. During surgery, your provider uses surgical instruments to sew your tendon back together and prevent further damage.
Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule treatment for an Achilles injury, or book your visit online.