Achilles Tendon

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

Your Achilles tendon plays no small role in your ability to move around, so when this tendon is injured, it can have a major impact on your life. To regain movement, Dr. Trevor Haynes at Elite Foot & Ankle Associates offers comprehensive Achilles tendon treatment, including surgical repair. If you suspect that you may have a problem with your Achilles tendon and you’re located in the area of Portland or Sandy, Oregon, call one of the offices or use the online booking tool.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, running from the back of your calf muscle to your heel. It allows you to point your foot or stand on your tiptoes.

How can the Achilles tendon be injured?

The most common injury to your Achilles tendon is what’s called a rupture, which is a complete or partial tear of the tissue that occurs when you extend the tendon past its breaking point.

There are many activities and movements that can lead to a rupture, including:

  • Jumping or pivoting
  • Tripping
  • Falling
  • Accelerating or stopping suddenly

As you can see, many of these movements are ones common to sports, which account for a large number of Achilles tendon injuries. That said, if your Achilles tendon is weak or tight, a simple misstep can also result in a rupture.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

Your symptoms will largely reflect the degree of the tear and include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of certain movements (pointing or standing on your toes)

When your tendon ruptures, you may also hear a popping sound, and the pain is immediate. In some cases, a tear may develop over time, and the symptoms start off subtly but get progressively worse.

What is the treatment for an Achilles tendon injury?

The first thing Dr. Haynes does when you come in with an Achilles tendon injury is to evaluate the extent of the damage with diagnostic imaging. If you have tendinitis, tendinosis, or insertional pain, Dr. Haynes may recommend shockwave therapy which can be done in our clinic without anesthesia and with no downtime."If you have a partial tear, he may recommend wearing a boot to prevent the tear from becoming larger. This nonsurgical treatment works well if you’re not active and the rupture is minor. You do, however, run the risk of re-rupture.

For more significant or complete tears, Dr. Haynes typically recommends surgery, especially if you’re active and want to avoid re-rupture. During the surgery, he repairs the tear and then sends you home in a boot for several weeks to allow time for your tendon to heal. You should also expect to participate in physical therapy to help strengthen your ankle and tendon.

If you’d like expert care for your Achilles tendon injury, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment. Elite Foot & Ankle Associates also offers same-day appointments.