Achilles Tendon Pain Treated by Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Specialist in Lafayette, LA
Achilles tendon pain occurs at the back of the lower leg at the point where the calf muscle meets the heel bone. Usually, Achilles tendon injuries result from repetitive stress or intense physical activities, such as running and jumping. Because the symptoms can be very similar to those caused by a sprained ankle and other common injuries, effective treatment depends on a correct diagnosis. For a comprehensive assessment of your Achilles tendon pain and appropriate treatment recommendations, you can turn to Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers both conservative and surgical options to patients from Lafayette, Louisiana, and all surrounding areas.
How is Achilles tendon pain diagnosed & treated?
To diagnose your condition, Dr. Vizzi will consider a number of factors, such as:
- Your medical history
- Your symptoms
- The results of a physical examination
- The results of a range-of-motion test of your affected ankle
- Imaging studies (X-rays can be performed on site at Dr. Vizzi’s office, and he can order CT or MRI scans as needed)
After confirming that the source of your pain is your Achilles tendon and thoroughly assessing the damage, Dr. Vizzi can recommend a personalized treatment plan, which may include:
- Ice applications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy, including eccentric strength training and low-impact aerobic exercises
- Custom orthotics
If your Achilles tendon has pulled away from the bone, torn all the way through, or sustained other significant damage, surgical repair may be necessary. You can feel confident entrusting your surgery to Dr. Vizzi, who stays up-to-date on the latest advances in orthopedic surgery. To do so, he regularly attends educational seminars, reviews current literature, and maintains his certification with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
To learn more about treatment options for Achilles tendon pain, contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA, to schedule an appointment.