What is the Achilles tendon and why is it important?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting your heel bone to the large muscles in your calf. It is vital for extending your foot and pushing off the ground when walking, running, and engaging in sports. Due to its importance and frequent use, the Achilles tendon is prone to damage or injury.
What are the common causes of Achilles pain?
Achilles pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury (often from increasing activity too quickly), overuse, improper stretching before exertion, incorrect form during physical activity, pre-existing foot issues like flat feet or high arches, and chronic high heel wearing.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?
The most prominent symptom of an Achilles injury is pain, most noticeable when trying to move the foot down against resistance. The involved tendon may also swell. The pain may come and go or gradually get worse over time. More severe injuries can lead to a possible rupture of the tendon, often indicated by a pop or snap heard while playing sports.
What treatment options are available for Achilles tendon injuries?
Treatment options for Achilles tendon injuries range from conservative measures like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), to minimally-invasive therapies such as amniotic membrane injection therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, and Topaz ablation. For severe cases or when conservative treatments are insufficient, surgery may be recommended.
Does insurance cover Achilles tendon injury treatments?
Many insurance plans cover treatments for Achilles tendon injuries, including surgery, if they're medically necessary. However, coverage varies. Some plans may not cover Achilles tendon injury treatments, or may only cover part of the cost. It's recommended to check with your insurance provider before getting treatment.
Why should I choose your clinic for Achilles tendon injury treatment?
Our clinic is committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care for a range of foot and ankle conditions, including Achilles tendon injuries. We offer personalized treatment plans, use the latest techniques and technology, provide compassionate care, and have experienced surgeons. We also have multiple convenient locations, making it easy to access care close to home.