As a runner, you've had all kinds of problems and injuries with your feet and ankles. Fortunately, most of them have resolved after treatment. However, there is one injury that is commonly misdiagnosed and can be dangerous without proper treatment.
What's that you might be wondering? You've heard of Achilles tendonitis, so what's this tendonosis all about.
Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendinosis are totally different problems.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that causes inflammation around the tendon. You'll often experience it as a mild pain that gradually worsens--other symptoms are redness, swelling, and warmth. At this point, your body is telling you to stop, rest, and heal.
And that's the problem—if you're a full on athlete that doesn't want to give up your sport for anything this mild inflammatory problem can turn into Achilles Tendonosis, a much more severe problem.
Over time you'll receive this diagnosis which instead of inflammation results in a thickening of the tendon. Achilles tendinosis is progressive and degenerative.
When Achilles tendinosis is misdiagnosed, treatments for inflammation won't work. Physical therapists can end up providing inappropriate exercises that can make the problem worse. The best way to diagnose this problem is by MRI.
Fortunately, there are treatments for Achilles tendinosis. Arch supports to correct biomechanical problems, immobilization with a boot, and proper stretching. Severe cases may require injections or surgery to prevent rupture.
As a Seattle podiatrist, I can't emphasize enough the importance of getting treatment if you have an Achilles problem that won't resolve.
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an immediate appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.