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Achilles Tendon Specialist

Lanny Rudner, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists

Lanny Rudner, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Beverly Hills, CA

Pain at the back of your leg or ankle may indicate an Achilles tendon injury. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, and the team at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists treat tendinitis and other Achilles tendon injuries at their office in Beverly Hills, California. If you’re looking for an Achilles tendon specialist in the greater Los Angeles area, call or book an appointment online today.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

image of an ankle, achilles tendon X-ray view

What is Achilles tendinitis?

The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that connects the muscles in your lower leg (calves) to your heel bone. When this tissue becomes irritated and inflamed, it’s called Achilles tendinitis.

Although the Achilles is a strong tendon, overuse may cause its tissues to fray, swell, and thicken. This can cause pain and stiffness in the back of your heel or lower part of your calf. Pain may be worse after prolonged activities, such as running.

What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Generally, Achilles tendinitis results from repeated stress to the tendon rather than a specific injury. This common sports injury often occurs when you push your Achilles tendon beyond what it can handle.  

Certain factors may increase your chances of developing Achilles tendinitis, such as:

  • A sudden increase in the amount or intensity of activity
  • Tight calf muscles and not warming up before exercise
  • Physical conditions such as flat feet or a bone spur

As the Achilles tendon weakens with age, older adults may be more susceptible to tendonitis and other Achilles tendon injuries.

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What other injuries affect the Achilles tendon?

Dr. Rudner specializes in treating any ailment that affects your foot or ankle, including the full spectrum of Achilles tendon injuries. Other issues that affect the Achilles tendon include:

Achilles tendinitis

This condition involves degeneration of the Achilles tendon fibers without the inflammation present in tendinitis. Achilles tendinosis is usually due to long-term overuse. while tendinitis usually comes on and heals within six weeks or less.

Achilles tendon rupture

A rupture, or tear, of the Achilles tendon, is very painful and requires surgery to repair. Dr. Rudner is a skilled foot and ankle surgeon who practices the most advanced techniques.

How are Achilles tendon injuries diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Rudner performs a comprehensive evaluation of your foot and ankle, during which he asks about your symptoms and concerns. He checks for signs of injury such as:

  • Swelling of the Achilles tendon
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Restricted ankle mobility

He may also take an imaging test, such as an X-ray or MRI. Once he diagnoses your specific type of Achilles tendon injury, Dr. Rudner recommends the best treatment for your particular condition.

Depending on your needs, treatment may involve:

  • Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Physical therapy stretches and exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory injections

Severe Achilles tendon injuries may require surgery. Dr. Rudner ensures you receive the most advanced treatment available by offering cutting-edge techniques and minimally invasive procedures.

If you suffer from Achilles tendon pain, don’t hesitate to call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.