The strongest tendon in the lower extremity is the Achilles tendon. The name Achilles comes from Greek mythology. Achilles' mother, the goddess Thetis dipped him into the River Styx to grant him invulnerability. Her fingers held him by the heel, preventing the water from touching this part of his body and it remained vulnerable. Due to the location of this important tendon it is vital for normal daily activity. Walking, running, jumping – anything to do with ambulation requires a healthy Achilles tendon.
There are a wide variety of conditions that can afflict this tendon and the surrounding area. Mild cases of tendon injury usually involve inflammation. In such cases the injury is usually treated through immobilization and the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Orthotics can produce early relief to tendon injury. More severe cases may indicate a rupture of the Achilles tendon. A rupture is either a partial or complete tear of the tendon. This catastrophic injury generally occur in sports requiring sudden bursts of speed, such as sprinting and jumping. Football, basketball and soccer players are especially vulnerable to Achilles tendon injuries due to the stop-and-start nature of those sports, but anyone can rupture the tendon. Treatment for a ruptured tendon requires surgery and an extensive healing and rehabilitation process that can take over a year to fully recover. Our office utilizes the most up-to-date and cutting-edge treatments that can dramatically expedite the healing process. These advanced technologies and modalities include Cold Laser Therapy and Rich Plasma Injections.
Cold Laser Therapy is one of the cutting-edge technologies available at our office. This procedure is non-invasive, dramatically reduces recovery time and has proven to be free of serious side effects. Rich Plasma injections can also help speed healing and recovery.
Achilles tendon injuries should not be taken lightly. If untreated, injuries to the tendon can worsen over time. Athletic activity is not the only cause of tendon injury. Wear and tear over time can also lead to tendon damage. In order to address pain and inflammation you should schedule an appointment to have your pain assessed and treated.