Achilles Tendinitis & Ankle Pain -Specialist in Richmond VA
Achilles Tendon Pathology
Achilles tendinitis, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can occur from overuse, tightness of the calf muscle, bone spurring or even certain medications. When patients develop Achilles tendinitis, treatment options are typically physical therapy, rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.
Long-standing Achilles tendinitis may lead to an Achilles tendon rupture. Other causes of Achilles tendon rupture include gout, corticosteroid use or direct trauma.
What are symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture?
- Sudden onset of pain
- Popping or snapping sound
- Feeling of kicked in the heel or calf
- Inability to bend foot downward
How is an Achilles tendon rupture diagnosed?
- A careful history emphasizing mechanism of injury with a good physical examination performed by your physician
- An MRI scan may be required to assess the extent of damage
What are treatment options?
Incomplete tears identified on MRI may be treated initially with early rehabilitation and in some instances may require surgical repair. Although non-surgical and surgical approaches exist for Achilles tendon ruptures, it is dependent on each patient and his or her goals.
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
To our Ankle Specialist, Dr. Anson Chu patient care is of the utmost importance. He is committed to finding the best treatment plan suited for each patient and exhausting all conservative measures before surgical intervention. He is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest foot and ankle research in order to find the best approach to fit the lifestyle goals of his patients.
We are a specialized orthopedic practice in Richmond & Midlothian VA that provides advanced orthopedic treatment options, excellent results, personalized care and convenient appointments. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-375-4322 to get started.