Metropolitan Foot Care P.C.

9413 Flatlands Ave Suite E201, Brooklyn, NY 11236

(718) 502-8789


4050 Junction Blvd Suite 1R, Corona, NY 11368

      (718) 502-9092


4902 Queens Blvd 3rd Floor, Woodside , NY 11377

 (718) 577-5703

Brooklyn Podiatrist

Achilles Tendonitis

What is it?

Achilles Tendonitis in Woodside The Achilles tendon is the thickened cord or fibrous band that runs down the back of one’s leg and attaches to the heel bone. A prime function of this muscle or tendonous structure is to assist in moving the foot up and down. Athletes at all competitive levels, frequently encounter problems with this tendon. It is subject to injury from a direct impact, can suffer from over use or excessive training, or can just start hurting as a result of shoe pressure. The patient with an Achilles tendonitis will most often have pain and swelling in the lower portion of the tendon just above the heel, will have discomfort when moving the foot upwards thus stretching the tendon, and will probably note that the condition has worsened over time. These patients can have significant discomfort and will frequently take themselves out of physical activities prior to visiting the physician.

What causes it?

Although we are unsure why certain individuals are more prone to develop this problem than others, there are certain factors, which seem to appear in the “cause” column, Trauma or injury to the Achilles tendon itself is an obvious cause of subsequent tendonitis. An abnormality in the way that one walks or what the medical authorities refer to as improper biomechanics can also create excessive strain upon the Achilles tendon resulting in localized swelling and pain. Over use, excessive training and improper stretching can also result in Achilles tendon injuries. The bottom line though, in most cases of Achilles tendonitis, is the same…pain, reduced range of motion, localized swelling, and a potential long term problem that is usually slowly responsive to therapy.

How do you treat it?

In discussing the treatment approaches to an Achilles tendonitis, we must first mention the necessity of a thorough examination by a specialist. Fractures of the heel bone, partial ruptures of the tendon itself, and localized soft tissue problems must all be carefully considered and ruled out. The specific treatment of an Achilles tendonitis might include physical therapy, shoe padding (lifts to raise the heel), possible orthotics, oral anti-inflammatory medication, some form of immobilization, and reduced physical activity until the condition improves. Surgery, although mentioned for completeness I is rarely used, it should be mentioned that this painful and often disabling condition, while frequently slow to respond, will usually improve and resolve with therapy over time.


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Brooklyn Office

9413 Flatlands Ave Suite E201
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Phone: (718) 502-8789

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Corona Office

4050 Junction Blvd Suite 1R
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: (718) 502-9092

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Woodside Office

4902 Queens Blvd 3rd Floor
Woodside , NY 11377
Phone: (718) 577-5703

Office Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed