Achilles Tendonitis Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

If you stand on your feet for the majority of the day or if you’re active in sports, you may be at risk of developing Achilles tendonitis. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, are an expert team of highly qualified podiatrists to treat your condition. They provide effective procedures to alleviate symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Achilles Tendonitis Q & A

What is Achilles tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone with a band of tissues. It can become severely agitated from activities like running, sprinting, tennis, and basketball, generally causing pain to run down the back of your leg and under your knee. This condition is called Achilles tendonitis. 

How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?

Your specialist at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics examines your calf and ankle for signs of swelling. They gently press your Achilles tendon to gain an understanding of your pain scale. They also assess your foot mobility.

If imaging testing is needed, an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI may be ordered to confirm if the Achilles tendon is strained or ruptured. Then your provider talks with you about the best treatment for your condition.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Depending on the cause of your condition, the practice at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics has several approaches to treating Achilles tendonitis. Self-care strategies include:

  • Icing the pain to reduce swelling
  • Wrapping bandages around the fatigued area to decrease movement
  • Elevating the affected foot above your heart to reduce swelling

Your specialist may recommend physical therapy to improve the function of the foot to prevent further damage. In more severe cases, tendinosis can set in, which is a strain injury caused by chronic overuse of the foot or ankle. It’s also possible for a rupture to occur. 

At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, your Achilles tendon is evaluated by your physician, who consults with you about the best care option. The practice uses advanced, personalized treatments to give you the quickest recovery possible.

How long does it take to recover from Achilles tendonitis?

The recovery time for Achilles tendonitis is contingent on your diagnosis and treatment. Timeframes for recovery include:

  • Three to six weeks for self-care strategies
  • Six to twelve weeks when using casting or a brace
  • Four to six months for post-surgery healing and up to a full year for full function

To learn more about how to get relief for your Achilles tendonitis, schedule an appointment at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics by calling the office or booking online today.