A very unfortunate injury in sports is a tear of the Achilles tendon. It can take 6-12 months to get back to full strength depending on the severity of the injury.

What’s fascinating about this particular injury is how almost all victims of it say a similar thing. They felt like they got a swift kick to the area, but when they turned around, no one was there.

One wrong misstep and the Achilles can tear.

How does this pertain to you if you aren’t playing a competitive sport?

Achilles tendon pain is something we see every day in our practice. This tendon is under so much tension with every step, it’s a wonder it doesn’t get injured more. You can have Achilles pain where it attaches to the heel bone or higher up. Neither one of them are comfortable.

But here’s the most important thing…

If you let an Achilles tendon problem linger, it can tear.

A torn Achilles not only hurts tremendously, it also takes many months to heal. At the sign of any pain in this area, immediately apply ice for 30 minutes per hour a few times a day, refrain from weight-bearing exercise activities, and put a heel lift in your shoe.

Of course your fastest path to relief is to have it evaluated and treated by us. We have helped hundreds of people to avoid Achilles tendon tears. Since this tendon is one of the slowest to heal, the earlier it’s addressed, the less likely it is to become chronic.

Don’t ignore even the mildest of pain in your Achilles tendon. You don’t want to be one of those people who says, “I thought someone kicked me, but when I turned around, no one was behind me.”

We can help you get relief from Achilles pain and avoid a tear.

To Healthy Achilles,

Dr. Betschart
203-791-0466