Achilles Tendonitis / Partial Tears

Achilles Tendon Specialists in Torrance

Torrance Memorial Physician Network draws from the expertise of skilled specialists who are committed to helping patients overcome pain from foot and ankle conditions that limit their ability to lead a full and active life. This includes helping patients, with both surgical and nonsurgical approaches, who suffer from conditions of the Achilles tendon, including Achilles tendonitis and partial tears.

Achilles Tendon Conditions We Treat

Overuse and aging are both factors that can contribute to injuries of the Achilles tendon, and they can create significant pain and limited mobility.

  • Achilles tendonitis – Achilles tendonitis is a common injury associated with overuse, especially among athletes. It is characterized by irritation and inflammation, and can occur where the tendon attaches to the heel bone or slightly above. Aside from overuse and physical activity, tendonitis also be caused by wearing high heels, flat feet, and stiff muscles or tendons. Because tendons lose flexibility and become more rigid as people age, middle-age athletes frequently suffer from the condition.
  • Bone spurs / bursitis – The body’s response to stress may cause bone spurs to develop where the Achilles tendon and heel bone meet. Some patients may also develop a bony enlargement of the back of their heel, known as Haglund’s deformity. This can cause bursitis, or inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the heel bone and Achilles tendon.
  • Partial tear – Partial tears, or ruptures, of the Achilles tendon commonly result from too much force being applied to the tendon, which can result from physical activity and particularly running, jumping, and sports involving rapid changes of motion. Partial tears can cause sharp pain and decreased mobility. Patients often find it difficult to stand on their toes. Tears can also lead to scar tissue and inflammation.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for Achilles tendon injures will depend on severity. Symptoms can be effectively managed with nonsurgical treatment, and surgery may become an option only when symptoms are severe and cannot be controlled without surgical intervention.

Nonsurgical treatment

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Rest and protecting the tendon can be beneficial in initial stages of treatment. This may include immobilizing the foot and lower leg in a walking boot, followed by a controlled return to physical activity.
  • Physical therapy is used to strengthen tendons. As well as ice, heat, and ultrasound treatments to reduce pain and swelling.
  • As cortisone injections pose the risk of tendon ruptured, they are typically not recommended. Instead steroid injections into the retrocalneal bursa can be an effective and safer alternative.

Surgical management

Surgery to repair the Achilles tendon may become an option for injuries, including tears, when nonsurgical approaches do not provide relief from pain.

Request an Appointment With Torrance Memorial Physician Network

Our board-certified specialists are available to help address any Achilles tendon problems you may be experiencing. Call today to request an appointment.