If you’ve ever read the Greek story of Achilles in the Trojan War you know that the tendon named after him serves as a metaphor for the greatest weakness a person can have. This is quite fitting for the Achilles tendon, as damage to it can incapacitate a person. This tendon is the largest one found in humans and works to support and stabilize a patient’s entire body. Unfortunately there are a wide variety of foot and ankle problems that can affect this tendon. With the right knowledge patients can prevent the onset of these problems, but if the condition develops our office can help to get people back on their feet as soon as possible.
This inflammation of the Achilles tendon can come as a result of overuse or sports injuries. Many patients experience problems as they change their training regimen. Increasing inclines, duration, and length of training can all strain the ankle and aid in the development of tendonitis. The pain associated with this ankle condition is usually worse after a period of activity. In order to allow the Achilles tendon time to heal, many doctors recommend the R.I.C.E. method of treatment that focuses on rest and pain management. Many patients also employ the use of physical therapy, orthotics, and condition specific exercises for pain relief and correction of the problem. For any questions related to the appropriate treatment of Achilles tendonitis for your lifestyle, schedule an appointment online with Dr. Evan Merrill.
Achilles tendon Xanthoma
The development of Xanthomas typically occurs as a result of high cholesterol or triglyceride levels in a patient. As cholesterol increases, waxy yellow or white bumps will begin to form along the Achilles tendon near the back of the heel. Though these bumps are not dangerous to a patient’s health they are often found to be uncomfortable when walking and indicate problems with the health of a person’s heart. Without proper treatment patients will often experience additional conditions like hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, hypertriglyceridemia, and even pancreatitis. Treatments for this condition focus on proper dieting and the use of lipid reducing agents. With proper medical care, this condition can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year to recover from.
Peroneal Tendon Dislocations and Dysfunction
The peroneal tendons are used to allow the foot to roll outward while standing. They connect the fibula to the mid-foot. Problems of dislocation and dysfunction are often caused by damage to the peroneal retinaculum, a fibrous tissue that holds the tendons in place. Sprains and trauma to the ankle can cause tears and stretching to occur in this tissue and then the tendons may freely move from their fixed positions. When the peroneal tendons are able to move back and forth across the structures of the foot they can become irritated and cease to function properly. In treatment, patients will often have to immobilize the tendons with the use of a splint to allow them to recover completely. If the retinaculum has been severely torn or dislocated, surgery may be necessary.
Many Achilles problems can develop into debilitating conditions that restrict your way of life. For a professional diagnosis of your ankle pains, contact our Medford office at 541.776.3338 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Evan Merrill to begin treatment as soon as possible.