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Achilles Tendinitis

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Achilles Tendinitis services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury that can happen if you spend a lot of time walking, running, or playing high-impact sports like football and basketball. At Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics in Boulder and Centennial, Colorado, the sports medicine experts specialize in treating Achilles tendinitis. They offer cutting-edge nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies to heal the injury so you can return to your active lifestyle. Call today or book an appointment online.

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This thick tendon attaches the bottom part of your calf muscle to the back of your heel.

Your Achilles tendon allows you to walk, run, and jump. Though strong, the tendon is susceptible to damage that can cause tiny tears and inflammation. These tears result in pain that affects function.

When left untreated, Achilles tendinitis gets worse, potentially causing chronic pain.

I have calf pain after running. Could I have Achilles tendinitis?

A dull, achy pain in the back of your leg near your heel is a common symptom of Achilles tendinitis. The pain usually occurs after physical activities like running.

When you first wake up, you might also have stiffness or tenderness in the lower part of your leg; the pain eases with gentle movement.

Though Achilles tendinitis is common in athletes, it can affect anyone. As you age, the Achilles tendon's structure degenerates, increasing the risk of damage resulting in pain and inflammation.

When you have pain in your heel or at the back of your leg, Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provides the care you need, whether your pain is brought on by physical activity or something else.

What happens during an Achilles tendinitis evaluation?

The sports medicine experts at Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics conduct thorough evaluations when you come in with concerns about an Achilles tendon injury. They ask detailed questions about your symptoms and the activities that trigger them.

They review your medical and injury histories and examine your ankle and Achilles tendon. They could have you engage in various activities to evaluate the function of the tendon and order imaging tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

How is Achilles tendinitis treated?

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics offers nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatments for Achilles tendinitis. They personalize your treatment based on how severe your injury is. Your treatment can include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Nutritional supplements to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cells
  • Prolotherapy

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics also offers extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT) and focused shock wave (FSW) treatment for Achilles tendinitis. These treatments use shock waves to stimulate cellular activity to heal the injured tissue.

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics specializes in treating Achilles tendinitis. Call or book an appointment online today.