Achilles Tendonitis Specialist Questions and Answers
If your Achilles tendon has literally become your Achilles’ heel, it can feel like a cruel (and painful) irony! Our board-certified podiatrists can help transform your injured Achilles tendon from a weakness into a strength with our excellent treatment options at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call us for more information. Serving patients from Elgin IL, South Elgin IL, Streamwood IL, Bartlett IL, Hanover Park IL, and Saint Charles IL.
What kind of doctor should I see for Achilles pain?
While a primary care provider (PCP) or a general practitioner (GP) can provide adequate medical care for Achilles pain, they lack the expertise and skill of podiatric doctors in treating ankle-related pain and conditions. Moreover, if the pain or condition causing the pain is significant, your PCP or GP will likely refer you to a podiatrist in the end, anyway! As such, for any significant Achilles pain or condition, you would likely benefit most from seeing a podiatric doctor who has an intimate knowledge of both the history of and the newest technologies, techniques, and developments in the field of podiatric medicine.
Podiatrists specialize in treating conditions and injuries that affect the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Some of these conditions include Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bunions, diabetes, fractures and sprains, and plantar fasciitis. While podiatrists are doctors, they receive their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from a podiatric medical college or university rather than a traditional medical school.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, IL, our board-certified and -qualified podiatric doctors have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and phenomenal education in providing first-rate treatment for any Achilles pain or condition!
What is the fastest way to heal Achilles tendonitis?
Treatment options for Achilles tendonitis depend on a few different factors, such as the severity of the injury, the patient’s medical history, health condition, and preferences, and the expertise of the supervising podiatrist. As such, mild Achilles tendon injuries are initially treated with the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The RICE method is initially used to reduce inflammation and pain naturally, while also giving the injury time and resources to heal properly. If necessary, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also be administered.
If the NSAIDs and the RICE method fail to bring sufficient relief from Achilles tendonitis, other treatment options will be explored, such as physical therapy to improve strength flexibility, and range-of-motion, soft-tissue mobilization to increase blood flow and circulation, as well as orthotics to support and cushion the tendon when walking. If all else fails or if the tendon has ruptured, surgery may also be pursued or recommended.
When you come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, IL, for Achilles tendonitis treatment, our expert podiatrists will evaluate the damage, go over treatment options with you, and deliver exemplary treatment to help your Achilles tendon heal as quickly and thoroughly as possible!
When should I see a doctor for Achilles tendon pain?
If you experience continued pain of any kind in the Achilles tendon area, it is a good idea to at least check-in with your doctor or a podiatrist, even if it is mild and requires minimal treatment. Untreated foot and ankle conditions like Achilles tendon pain can lead to chronic foot and ankle problems down the road. If the pain is severe or you experience a popping or snapping sound after injuring your Achilles tendon, you should seek urgent medical attention to prevent further damage and receive proper medical attention.
If you are looking for an Achilles tendonitis specialist in Elgin, IL, we have just what you need at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists! If you wish, you can schedule an appointment to see one of our fantastic podiatrists through our website or call us at (847) 233-1296.
Our doors are open to you at 1750 N Randall Road, Suite 160, in Elgin, IL during the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday.