Achilles Tendonitis Treatments

Treatment for Achilles Tendon Pain in the Back of the Heel

Diagnosis of Heel Pain Achilles Tendonitis can often be diagnosed in a podiatry office with a thorough clinical exam. If it is hard to tell by inspection, then ultrasound or MRI can be useful. First we must make sure there is not an acute rupture of the achilles tendon. An excellent test is the calf squeeze test.Next we test for what causes pain to the tendon. Even single‐leg heel raises are sufficient to cause pain. True tendon pain is almost always found just in the tendon itself. It is important to rule out other diagnoses such as  impingement of the back of the ankle, peroneal tendonitis, dilocation of flexor tendons,  os trigonum syndrome, an accessory soleus muscle, nerve irritation or systemic problems like autoimmune conditions or lower back problems that may refer pain. Treatment of tendonopathy in the foot There are many marginally effective treatments offered for the care of painful tendons: Cortisone injections physical therapy with eccentric exercise glyceryl trinitrate patches electrical stim, ultrasound, electrotherapy (microcurrent and microwave) sclerosing injections non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  However my favorites include conservative treatments as the initial treatment. They consists of a many faceted approach that may include a combination of rest (complete or modified activity), casting,medication (NSAIDs, corticosteroids), orthotic treatment (heel lift, change of shoes, corrections of misalignments), stretching and strength training.  It has been a general opinion that in about 25% of patients with chronic painful conditions located in the Achilles tendon, non‐surgical treatment is not successful and surgical treatment is needed. Before surgery for these resistant cases, ESWT, extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been found to be very effective . This has saved many patients from surgery. My treatments follow a step wise reasoned clinical path based on safety and effectiveness. Each patient gets a personalized approach based on their own unique circumstances. Different patients depending on age, job, activity, athleticism follow different paths. Acute and chronic presentations of achilles tendonitis are also treated differently.  Non‐operative treatment methods Extracorporeal shock wave therapy Rest, NSAIDs, modification of shoes, orthotics, and physical therapy  are successful in approximately 90% of those with mid‐tendon pain and pathology. Insertional Achilles tendon pain is much harder to treat and good clinical results are achieved in approximately 30% of tendons with normal treatments. ESWT is a great alternative for these patients.   READY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT? Call us today 878-313-3338 to schedule at any of our four Podiatry Clinics in Beaver, Butler, or Allegheny County locations, including Podiatry offices Moon Township, Ambridge, Cranberry Township’s full service Podiatric office and our newest Foot Clinic, Beaver, PA Call now to talk to a foot care specialist 878-313-3338 ( FEET) Click Here to E-mail Dr. Christina Teimouri DISCLAIMER: email and contact forms not Monitored for emergencies; if you are having an emergency call 911. Existing patients please call our office directly with any important questions.    

Diagnosis of Heel Pain

Achilles Tendonitis can often be diagnosed in a podiatry office with a thorough clinical exam. If it is hard to tell by inspection, then ultrasound or MRI can be useful.

First we must make sure there is not an acute rupture of the achilles tendon. An excellent test is the calf squeeze test.Next we test for what causes pain to the tendon. Even single‐leg heel raises are sufficient to cause pain.

True tendon pain is almost always found just in the tendon itself. It is important to rule out other diagnoses such as  impingement of the back of the ankle, peroneal tendonitis, dilocation of flexor tendons,  os trigonum syndrome, an accessory soleus muscle, nerve irritation or systemic problems like autoimmune conditions or lower back problems that may refer pain.

Treatment of tendonopathy in the foot

There are many marginally effective treatments offered for the care of painful tendons:

Cortisone injections

physical therapy with eccentric exercise

glyceryl trinitrate patches

electrical stim, ultrasound, electrotherapy (microcurrent and microwave)

sclerosing injections

non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

However my favorites include conservative treatments as the initial treatment. They consists of a many faceted approach that may include a combination of rest (complete or modified activity), casting,medication (NSAIDs, corticosteroids), orthotic treatment (heel lift, change of shoes, corrections of misalignments), stretching and strength training.

 It has been a general opinion that in about 25% of patients with chronic painful conditions located in the Achilles tendon, non‐surgical treatment is not successful and surgical treatment is needed. Before surgery for these resistant cases, ESWT, extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been found to be very effective . This has saved many patients from surgery.

My treatments follow a step wise reasoned clinical path based on safety and effectiveness. Each patient gets a personalized approach based on their own unique circumstances. Different patients depending on age, job, activity, athleticism follow different paths. Acute and chronic presentations of achilles tendonitis are also treated differently. 

Non‐operative treatment methods

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

Rest, NSAIDs, modification of shoes, orthotics, and physical therapy  are successful in approximately 90% of those with mid‐tendon pain and pathology. Insertional Achilles tendon pain is much harder to treat and good clinical results are achieved in approximately 30% of tendons with normal treatments. ESWT is a great alternative for these patients.

 

READY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

Call us today 878-313-3338 to schedule at any of our four Podiatry Clinics in Beaver, Butler, or Allegheny County locations, including Podiatry offices Moon Township, Ambridge, Cranberry Township’s full service Podiatric office and our newest Foot Clinic, Beaver, PA

Call now to talk to a foot care specialist 878-313-3338 ( FEET)

Click Here to E-mail Dr. Christina Teimouri

DISCLAIMER: email and contact forms not Monitored for emergencies; if you are having an emergency call 911. Existing patients please call our office directly with any important questions.

 

 

Treatment of Painful Tumors of the Foot

How to treat foot tumors...in Pittsburgh

Ganglion Tumors, Mucoid Cysts, Neuroma Treatment The fact that most tumors of the foot are benign can be a problem- we rely on statistics instead of making sure. If you have a foot tumor, please have it checked out. It may be much simpler than you thought to easily remove it! Below are some common tumors we can easily remove in the office in under a half hour with a little novacaine. This allows accurate diagnosis and a more comfortable foot for you!  

Ganglion Tumors, Mucoid Cysts, Neuroma Treatment

The fact that most tumors of the foot are benign can be a problem- we rely on statistics instead of making sure. If you have a foot tumor, please have it checked out. It may be much simpler than you thought to easily remove it!

Below are some common tumors we can easily remove in the office in under a half hour with a little novacaine. This allows accurate diagnosis and a more comfortable foot for you!

 

#1 A digital mucoid cyst is often found near a nail bed, or on the toe. It can become irritated by shoes and the skin is fragile and can easily break open, making infection a common complication. 

#1 A digital mucoid cyst is often found near a nail bed, or on the toe. It can become irritated by shoes and the skin is fragile and can easily break open, making infection a common complication. 

This is a small soft tissue tumor near the ankle, on a foot. It was located just under the skin and was easily removed in a matter of minutes with just three tiny stitches. Patient was back in regular shoes and normal activities in under 2 weeks.

3cm large ganglion on the lateral size of the midfoot. Despite being drained multiple times, the tumor recurred and grew to the point that it made shoes uncomfortable. Removal was accomplished in under a half hour in the office. 

3cm large ganglion on the lateral size of the midfoot. Despite being drained multiple times, the tumor recurred and grew to the point that it made shoes uncomfortable. Removal was accomplished in under a half hour in the office. 

READY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT to have your tumor or cyst evaluated?

Call us today 878-313-3338 to schedule at any of our four Podiatry Clinics in Beaver, Butler, or Allegheny County locations, including Podiatry offices Moon Township, Ambridge, Cranberry Township’s full service Podiatric office and our newest Foot Clinic, Beaver, PA

Call now to talk to a foot care specialist 878-313-3338 ( FEET)

Click Here to E-mail Dr. Christina Teimouri