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Achilles Heel: It Takes a Podiatrist to Heal the Pain

November 29, 2021

Achilles was a mythological demigod whose demise came in the form of an arrow that struck him squarely in his heel. The wound to this vulnerable area that is named for Achilles is one that affects many mere mortals. It’s an injury that’s quite painful and the road to recovery can be a long one if not treated quickly and expertly.

The doctors of podiatry at Issaquah Office have the experience and latest treatment options to address injuries to the Achilles tendon — the body’s largest tendon, a band of tissue running down the back of the leg that connects the calf muscle and heel bone. We have the diagnostic tools to get to the bottom of whatever damage has occurred, and the highly trained specialists to map out a course for getting you back on your feet and enjoying the activities you love.

Because the Achilles tendon is involved in so many everyday activities  — walking, climbing stairs, standing on your toes, and running  — it gets more than its share of wear and tear. But a sudden, sharp increase in physical activity, tight calf muscles, and excessive pronation (flattened arches) can bring on problems like tendonitis. Poorly constructed footwear can aggravate the condition. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and tenderness, especially in the morning. Those symptoms may lessen as the day wears on, but then return in full force later upon increased use.

To determine the severity of the injury, our podiatrists will conduct a thorough examination and potentially request x-rays. We’ll then recommend treatment options such as orthotics, night splints, medication, and, if other approaches don’t yield results, surgery to repair the tendon. 

You don’t have to stand the pain anymore. Our caring, attentive doctors of podiatry at Issaquah Office have successfully treated many patients with Achilles injuries, and we can do the same for you. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.