Achilles Tendon

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located throughout New Mexico

An injury or inflammation of the Achilles tendon can be especially problematic and impact your daily life. From tears to tendonitis, the Animas Foot & Ankle podiatrists offer individualized treatment plans for various podiatric complications in six locations: Farmington, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. If you’re seeking the highest caliber of podiatric care for an Achilles tendon injury, look no further and call Animas Foot & Ankle or book online today.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a strong and fibrous cord that connects your heel bone to the muscles in the back of your calf. There are different types of conditions, injuries, or damage that can occur to the Achilles tendon. The most common are Achilles tendonitis and an Achilles tendon rupture.

What is an Achilles Tendon Rupture?

If you overstretch your Achilles tendon, it could cause a complete or partial tear or rupture. If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you might hear a popping sound followed by a sharp pain in the back of your lower leg and ankle. You might experience pain and swelling of the ankle area and an inability to walk properly on the affected leg.

Since your Achilles tendon plays a big role in walking and movement, it’s best to seek professional podiatric care if you have an injury or concerns about your Achilles tendon.

What Causes an Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Excess stress, pressure, or force on the tendon and surrounding ligaments can cause an Achilles tendon rupture. This usually occurs from scenarios such as stepping into a hole, falling from a height, overuse in intense sports, or some type of injury or trauma.

Your Animas Foot & Ankle podiatrist can help you to determine the right course of treatment for your Achilles tendon rupture. In some cases, surgery might be necessary to repair the rupture.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon that usually occurs following an injury or arthritis. The Achilles tendon can often become inflamed from an overuse injury and commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the duration or intensity of their runs.

Most cases of Achilles tendonitis can be treated with simple at-home care methods and doctor supervision. If you experience persistent pain in your Achilles tendon, you should seek an evaluation to rule out any underlying conditions, such as an Achilles tendon rupture.

What are the Treatments for Achilles Tendonitis?

The Animas Foot & Ankle specialists offer a number of effective treatment methods to relieve your pain and inflammation, such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications
  • Shockwave therapy
  • MLS laser therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as nutrition, exercise, and daily rehabilitative stretching
  • Surgery when necessary, such as an Achilles tendon repair


It’s also helpful to:

  • Rest
  • Increase your activity level gradually
  • Choose your shoes carefully and use appropriate shoes when exercising


Call Animas Foot & Ankle for your customized Achilles tendon treatment plan. You can also schedule an appointment online at the location nearest you.

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Foot & Ankle Services