Achilles Tendonitis

Dr. Baravarian discusses Achilles tendonitis.

What is Achillies Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It's often the result of a repetitive motion or overuse of the tendon and develops over time. Rarely is it the result of a direct injury.

 

Patients often report a mild ache in the lower region of the calf or above the heel after activity. There may be tenderness or stiffness after rest or the tendon may be swollen, painful to touch and standing on your toes may be difficult.

 

Our physicians specialize in the treatment of all Achilles tendon injuries. They have decades of experience and all of the state-of-the-art technologies at their disposal to properly diagnose and treat Achilles tendonitis, tendinosis and tears.

 

Common Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis Treatment, University Foot and Ankle Institute
  • Sudden increase in the intensity of activity

  • Tight calf muscles
  • Running too often or running on hard surface
  • Sudden increase it the distance of running or walking
  • Jumping a lot (as ones does in basketball)
  • Wearing shoes without proper support

 

Conservative Achilles Tendonitis Treatments

  • Orthotics
  • Stretching

  • Physical therapy (to strengthen the Achilles)

  • Decreasing activity That stresses the tendon

  • Brace or boot to immobilize the tendon during the healing

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and inflammation in the tendon

 

Sometimes conservative treatments are just not enough and a more aggressive treatment plan is needed. While tendonitis is easily treated, if misdiagnosed or ignored, further and more permanent damage can occur.

 

Advanced Non-invasive Achilles Tendonitis Treatments

Achilles Tendon Treatment Options, Podiatry Today
UFAI's Dr. Baravarian discussing Achilles tendon treatment in Podiatry Today.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

In this treatment the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma is injected into the affected tendon. The growth factors in the platelets spur healing and recovery.

 

Read more about Platelet Rich Plasma.

 

Topaz

The Topaz Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that is done in the operating room. Small holes are made in the tendon to stimulate the body to send growth factors to help heal the tendon and to reduce scar tissue.

 

Read more about the Topaz procedure.

 

Tenex

Tenex uses ultrasonic energy that targets scarred and damaged tissue and breaks it down without disturbing the surrounding healthy tissue.

 

Read more about the Tenex procedure.

 

Stem Cell Therapy

Patients own stem cells are injected into the damaged region of the Achilles where they quickly begin to multiply. These regenerative stem cells are responsible for regenerating and rebuilding the body. This treatment is well tolerated and virtually pain-free.

 

Read more about Stem Cell Therapy.

 

Read more about other Achilles Tendon Injuries.

 

Over 200,000 happy UFAI patients and growing
  • Dr. Franson and Dr. Yau are GREAT. I've referred my daughter and will continue to refer patients. I called Dr. Franson on Labor Day evening and he answered, took the time to talk to me and gave me direction as to seei...
    Joan A.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. B and all the staff is awesome. I appreciate the level and focus of my care. I have, and will continue, to recommend Dr. Baravarian every chance I get.
    Stephen L.
  • ZocDoc
    Dr. Bob is excellent. He recommended a very conservative treatment, and was very knowledgeable and thorough. I am very pleased to have him as my doctor.
    William S.
  • Yelp
    A few months ago, I visited Dr. Baravarian for a foot ailment that I had been suffering from for a few years. After a couple of misdiagnoses and painful cortisone and alcohol injections. He was able to tell me I had a...
    Tory R.
  • CustomerSure
    Thank you to all of you. I felt welcomed and well taken care of. Thank you all for taking my foot pain away.
    Pauline M.
  • Yelp
    I had a bad break on my 5th metatarsal when I was out of state. I called Dr. Franson's office as soon as I came back home. The office staff was great and got me right in. Dr Franson was amazing and took great care of...
    Glenna Rae W.
  • CustomerSure
    Great experince.
    Sandra S.
  • CustomerSure
    Everything about the office was clean, efficient and professional.
    Ronald G.
  • Yelp
    I had an absolutely great experience with Dr. Morris at this office.  I had a bad ankle/foot injury and although initially they didn't have an appointment available for several days later, they heard my case and agree...
    Matthew D.
  • ZocDoc
    Everyone was very pleasant, and the doctor spoke and listened without typing into a database. Very knowledgeable doctor. I would definitely recommend Dr. Campbell to my "running" friends.
    Thomas T.
Same Day Appointments
Now Available!

Or call 877-989-9110

24 hours a day, 7 days a week