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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!

In lieu of warmer weather and the upcoming running season, shoe experts from shoe store Running Wild bring to light some much needed advice in finding the perfect shoe: Get fit for your shoes, know your training level, bring your old shoes, and wear socks with synthetic fabric to avoid blisters.

Getting fit for your shoes is important, as simply selecting a shoe from the “running” section of a store may not leave you with shoes that best fit your needs. Knowing information such as how many miles a week you run, the type of races or running you will be doing, and the types of injuries you have had in the past can help narrow your choices and get you the right pair of shoes.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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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