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The Achilles tendon is located in the calf behind the heel, and is a band of tissue that connects the two together. While considered to be the strongest tendon in the body, it can still be prone to serious injury. Severe pain and discomfort often accompanies an Achilles tendon injury, and can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. The injury can happen as a result of suddenly stepping off of a curb, or from frequently wearing high heels. Common symptoms that many patients experience with an Achilles tendon tear or rupture can include extreme tenderness, soreness, and difficulty walking. Relief may be found when the affected foot is rested, and it may help to wear a protective boot as the healing process occurs. Additionally, simple stretches can be performed which may help to strengthen the tendon. If you have endured an injury that affects the Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Mount Pleasant, TX and Nashville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

A small bone growth on the heel plate may be a heel spur. Heel spurs generally grow into the soft tissue of the foot, and often resemble a hook. Heel spurs can cause severe pain and discomfort. Traditional treatment methods can consist of performing gentle stretches which may help to loosen the surrounding tissue, in addition to taking anti-inflammatory medications. Relief may be found when the affected foot is rested and custom-made orthotics are worn. Massage therapy may be an alternative treatment approach, and this may be done by performing circular motions on the arch and surrounding areas. If you are afflicted with a heel spur, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Mount Pleasant, TX and Nashville, AR. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Foot massages can be relaxing, but did you know that they can also benefit your foot health? A foot massage can help stretch and relax the feet, leading to less foot pain. If you experience pain or tension in the arch of your foot, you may want to try an arch massage. This is done by holding the top of the foot in one hand and rubbing the length of the arch with the fingers of the other hand. Repeat this several times on each foot, going from the heel to the arch. For more information about the benefits of foot massage, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Mount Pleasant, TX and Nashville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020 00:00

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