Posts for tag: Achilles tendon

By Foot First Podiatry
January 16, 2018
Tags: Injury   Achilles tendon  

The Achilles tendon is by far the largest tendon in your body. You will recognize it as the very thick, cord-like tendon that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. Overstretching your Achilles tendon frequently occurs while one is participating in high-stress sports such as lacrosse, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Stretching the tendon past normal range can cause it to tear or even completely break, which is often accompanied with a cringe-inducing snap, and the maddening inability to walk normally. With the severe pain and swelling you are experiencing around your heel, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else.

A severe injury to your Achilles tendon will usually have the following symptoms:

●      A loud popping sound of the tendon breaking or tearing that foretells the pain to follow

●      Inability to walk normally or bend your foot properly

●      Intense pain and swelling in your heel area

●      Difficulty standing on your toes

Should you experience the onset of these sudden symptoms, it is important to seek the care of a foot care professional right away to avoid creating more damage and to get on the best path to healing your heel injury. Conservative measures involving the RICE method of rest, icing, compression, and elevation will provide relief for a minor injury to the tendon. For major injuries, or if the tendon is actually torn, it will be necessary to reattach it to the heel using a surgical procedure.

If you are concerned about an Achilles tendon injury, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Many people do not realize that their ability to walk, run, or joyfully jump up and down requires the use of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles and foot. But when this normally robust tendon gets overworked or injured, the result can be a serious injury that causes considerable pain and discomfort.

Repetitive exercise activities such as running, jumping, playing tennis and basketball can easily aggravate the Achilles tendon, most often when the intensity of a particular activity is suddenly increased.

While it may be initially gratifying for your ego to continue exercising after you feel the mild ache of Achilles tendonitis, once the pain and discomfort of a worsening injury kick in, you may wish to reassess your motives—Achilles tendonitis hurts!!!

The usual initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis and related tendon and ligament injuries include:

  • RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The fab four.
  • Stretching exercises—There are a variety of ways to limber up your calf muscles and tendons to avoid these types of injuries in the first place.
  • Orthotic insertsYour podiatrist has a variety of rather subtle yet effective devices up his or her sleeve that can have a profound and quick therapeutic effect for a surprising number of ailments.
  • Switch activities—Taking the stress off the foot by switching to a low impact or no impact activity such as swimming is a great way to give your Achilles tendon a rest.

One of the most detrimental actions you can take is to neglect the initial pain and push too hard. Give yourself some time to heal right at the beginning, and you will have an easier time in the long run.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!



By Foot First Podiatry
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care

At Foot First Podiatry,  Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. has a meaningful dialogue with every patient.  We are proud of our relationships to our patients. Our priority first is to build and earn your trust when you come to our office.  The next priority we enjoy is working with all our patients on a common goal to improve, enliven and awaken better foot health. 

  • To Improve

Thoughtfully consider the comfort or discomfort your feet feel.  If any pain has become persistent, or if any new blemishes, bruises or color changes appear, talk with us. (812)945-9221


  • To Enliven

To help enliven better foot health, add a simple routine of movement that focuses on your trusty toes and your hard-working feet.  Touch all ten toes if you are able.  Gently squeeze each toe tip.  Massage in circles, softly, around your ankles and the soles of your feet.  


  • To Awaken 

Give your heels a burst of life by cupping your hand with the curve of the heel and firmly squeezing.  Use approximately the same amount of pressure as you would to juice a firm lemon. Then gently use your thumb and index finger to firmly grip the Achilles tendon, at the back of your heel below your calf muscle. Roll your tendon slowly, deeply and enjoy the benefits of health from helping your blood to circulate.  Enjoy the warmth of life coursing through your veins and arteries and nourishing your heart and back to your toes, the way that it is designed. 


Whether you are experiencing a cosmetic imperfection you wish to change, or if you are suffering from a more complex medical foot ailment, we are ready to help you Improve, Enliven and Awaken better foot health.  It starts at the ground, at your feet. Congratulations on making a healthy choice, with us as your trusted podiatrist.  


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Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings limped off the field during a team scrimmage to unfortunately discover that he had likely sustained a torn Achilles tendon. The injury on his left foot could potentially keep the right tackle out for the rest of the season. Coach Mike Zimmer shared, “It’s disappointing for Phil, because he worked so hard and because he’s a great person.” Loadholt has played in 89 out of a possible 96 games through the first six years of his career and has been the starter since he was drafted.  

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Any tendon injuries, however, can create serious difficulty.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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