Achilles Tendon Problems

Achilles Tendon Problems are conditions affecting the tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.

  • Achilles Tendonitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain.

    • If you are suffering from pain persisting beyond a week, contact Laser Podiatry Associates for a comprehensive evaluation. Don’t wait! Tendinitis can become a chronic problem and it’s a lot harder to treat chronic problems than acute injuries. Laser Podiatry Associates is just a phone call away.
    • Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Laser Podiatry Associates will focus on relieving the pain and preventing further injury. Custom shoe inserts or a soft cast can be created to effectively immobilize the affected area for a period of time. Often, a couple of weeks are needed for the tendon to heal. Medication can help too. Drs. Benjamin and Mullendore may recommend or prescribe oral medication.

  • Peroneal Tendon – Tendons that run on the outside of the ankle just behind the bone called the fibula.

    • If you are suffering from pain persisting beyond a week, contact Laser Podiatry Associates for a comprehensive evaluation. Don’t wait! Tendinitis can become a chronic problem and it’s a lot harder to treat chronic problems than acute injuries. Laser Podiatry Associates is just a phone call away.
    • Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Laser Podiatry Associates will focus on relieving the pain and preventing further injury. Drs. Benjamin and Mullendore may recommend or prescribe oral medication.

  • Tendon Dysfunction – Degenerative changes lead to pain and weakness and if not identified and treated will progress to deformity of the foot and degenerative changes in the surrounding joints or cause adult acquired flatfoot.

    • If you are suffering from pain persisting beyond a week, contact Laser Podiatry Associates for a comprehensive evaluation. Don’t wait! Laser Podiatry Associates is just a phone call away.
    • Treatment can vary depending on the severity and staging of the disease. Laser Podiatry Associates will focus on relieving the pain, preventing further injury and if necessary surgical interventions. Custom shoe inserts or a soft cast can be created to effectively immobilize the affected area for a period of time. Medication can help too. Drs. Benjamin and Mullendore can provide the comprehensive treatment plan you need.

  • Xanthomas of the Achilles Tendon – Painless soft tissue masses occurring most commonly at the distal one-third of the Achilles tendon, usually bilaterally and symmetrically. They are typically caused by very high levels of cholesterol levels.

    • If you notice waxy, yellowish bumps under the skin along the Achilles tendon, contact Laser Podiatry Associates for a comprehensive evaluation. Don’t wait! Xanthomas can be a strong indicator for heart disease caused by high levels of cholesterol. Laser Podiatry Associates is just a phone call away.
    • Because xanthomas of the Achilles tendon can be a sign of an underlying cholesterol problem, it is important to see a doctor right away. Removal of the lesions is often not necessary though biopsies can be taken for further inspection.

  • Heel Spurs – A bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. It’s caused by a calcium deposit causing a bony like protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.

    • Heel Spurs are typically associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue (plantar fascia). If you are suffering from pain persisting beyond a week, contact Laser Podiatry Associates for a comprehensive evaluation. Don’t wait! Tendinitis can become a chronic problem and it’s a lot harder to treat chronic problems than acute injuries. Laser Podiatry Associates is just a phone call away.
    • Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Laser Podiatry Associates will focus on relieving the pain and preventing further injury. Custom shoe inserts or a soft cast can be created to effectively immobilize the affected area for a period of time. Often, a couple of weeks are needed for the tendon to heal. Medication can help too. Drs. Benjamin and Mullendore may recommend or prescribe oral medication.