Achilles Tendon Specialist

Michael J Frazier, DPM -  - Podiatrist

The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center

Michael J Frazier, DPM

Podiatrist located in Cypress, TX

Having an Achilles tendon injury can make every step you take feel unbearably painful. Before living another day with agonizing calf pain, see how board-certified podiatrist Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center can help. Dr. Frazier can treat your Achilles tendon discomfort in his Cypress, Texas, clinic, so you won’t have to worry about ongoing flare-ups. Book your Achilles tendon evaluation online or over the phone.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What causes Achilles tendon pain?

While Achilles tendon injuries often happen to athletes, anyone of any age can struggle with this issue. Your Achilles tendon is a durable band that connects your calf muscles to your heel, so you can flex and point your toes.

Achilles tendon injuries and chronic inflammation — called Achilles tendinitis — are some of the most common causes of lower leg pain. Some of the typical causes and risk factors for Achilles tendon pain and inflammation include:

  • Long-distance running
  • Jumping activities
  • Sports that involve sudden stops and starts, like basketball

You’re also more likely to suffer from an Achilles tendon injury if you’re male and over age 30. Because Achilles tendon discomfort is likely going to get worse with each step you take, it’s important to understand the symptoms and get started on treatment right away.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

When you have an Achilles tendon injury, you’re probably going to feel pain and discomfort above your heel in your lower leg. Pain tends to worsen when stretching your ankle, such as standing on your toes or pushing off on your toes while running. You may also experience:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

It’s also possible for your Achilles tendon to rupture. If this happens, you might notice a popping sound or sensation, followed up by bruising.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

Dr. Frazier spends time evaluating your Achilles tendon injury and finding just the right treatment for your needs. While rest, ice, and elevation are essential for helping your Achilles tendon heal, your treatment plan may also include:

  • Compression wrapping
  • Casting or bracing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics or heel lifts
  • Specialized stretches or physical therapy

If you have an Achilles tendon rupture, Dr. Frazier may need to repair it surgically. But no matter how minor or how severe your Achilles tendon injury may be, you can feel confident that Dr. Frazier can help you fully recover.

Schedule your Achilles tendon exam at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center today. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.