Achilles Tendon Specialist

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Your Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of the lower part of your leg, is subject to injuries and overuse with each step you take. If you have Achilles tendon discomfort, schedule an evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, which boasts offices in Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York. You can conveniently book your Achilles tendon evaluation online, or you can call either office to speak with a team member.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

Why does my Achilles tendon hurt?

Your Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in your body, connects your calf muscles to your heel bones. Sometimes, it can become inflamed — a condition known as Achilles tendonitis — because of overuse. If you play sports or exercise regularly, for example, you put excessive strain on your Achilles tendon and inflammation can gradually occur.

But a number of injuries, deformities, and chronic conditions can also cause your Achilles tendon to hurt, including:

  • Haglund’s deformity (pump bump)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Tears or a rupture

Sometimes certain medical conditions can increase your risk of Achilles tendon pain, too. For example, having high blood pressure or psoriasis, an inflammatory condition, can leave you more vulnerable to Achilles tendon issues.

When should I see a doctor for Achilles tendon pain?

The top-ranked podiatrists at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates encourage you to schedule an evaluation as soon as you start noticing pain, discomfort, or inflammation. After all, each step you take is just going to continue to aggravate your Achilles tendon. It’s especially important to book an exam if you experience:

  • Leg or ankle stiffness
  • Pain that progresses or worsens
  • Difficulty pointing or flexing your toes
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates is home to some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available. Your podiatrist can quickly perform digital X-rays or ultrasounds if needed, so they can correctly diagnose you and get you started on treatment immediately.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Treating Achilles tendon injuries and conditions often begin with immobilization to reduce force and strain on your Achilles tendon. Your podiatrist may get you fitted for a removable walking boot that you need to wear for several weeks to promote healing. Achilles tendon treatment plans can also include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Daily stretches
  • Night splints

Surgery is often the last resort for Achilles tendon injuries and disorders. Your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can use minimally invasive tools and techniques to repair your Achilles tendon, perform tissue grafts, and even remove damaged tissues if needed.

Book your Achilles tendon evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. Click on the online scheduler or call either location directly.