Achilles tendon: Pain, Torn, Ruptured San Jose CA
The Achilles tendon, also referred to as the heel cord, is known as the calcaneal tendon in the medical community. It is the thickest tendon in the human body that runs down the back of the calf, and is attached to the heel bone and causes the foot to flex. This Achilles tendon can become inflamed, torn, or ruptured. The San Jose foot / ankle doctor Nguyen Ky DPM, can treat any the disorders for the Achilles tendon.
Achilles tendon Pain / Inflammation Treatments in SJ
When the Achilles tendon is inflamed, the patient will experience stiffness and soreness in the injured area. This is usually due to overuse. When an Achilles tendon is ruptured, it usually means that the tendon is partially or totally damaged. This type of painful injury usually occurs during certain sports movements, such as sprinting. Immobilization or surgery is often times the recommended for ruptured Achilles injuries treatment in San Jose CA. Some of these injuries can be associated with ankle sprains / strains.
Podiatric medicine is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of all disorders associated with the feet, ankles and lower body extremities. Each podiatrist, including the San Jose podiatrist, are required to attend unique training, which included four (4) years of pre-med studies (undergraduate), followed by four (4) years of medical school (accredited in podiatric). Following the schooling, two (2) to three (3) years of hospital-based residency is also required, while they study for the state-licensed exam.
Most importantly, podiatrists are trained and committed to helping their patients to maintain a healthy, independent, and active lifestyle. Licensed podiatric doctors are able to prescribe medications; prescribe insoles and prosthetics; perform surgery (including microsurgeries and reconstructive surgeries); physical therapy can be ordered and even performed by a podiatrist. In addition, they are qualified to take, as well as, interpret imaging results, such as MRIs, ultrasounds, and X-rays.
Achilles tendon injury treatment San Jose Foot Ankle Doctor
The first step for treatment of an Achilles tendon injury would be to:
- Rest at least five (5) to seven (7) days (longer depending on the severity of the injury).
- Stretch the muscles in the calf for twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes per day.
- Engage in physical therapy. A professional physical therapist can help to heal the Achilles tendon and restore the strength in the tendon. A San Jose podiatrist can direct you to a qualified physical therapist in your area.
- Ice therapy is also known to a help aid the healing process and also be an effective Achilles tendon injury treatment. It is highly recommended that a barrier (a towel for instance) should be placed between the skin and the ice) as ice should never be applied directly on the surface of the skin.
- Massage therapy will not only sooth your spirit, relax your mind, but it can also heal your body. Good blood flow is an important part of the healing process and massage therapy is known to increase blood flow throughout the body so healing could occur more quickly and effectively.
To stay physically fit, alternative actives, such as swimming and/or upper body work) should be recommended while the Achilles tendon heals. In addition, it is highly recommended, to prevent future injuries, to review your current footwear as this may have been the cause of the injury. We can help – Call Dr. Nguyen Ky today if you need help with or have questions about Achilles tendon pain, inflammation, tears, ruptures, call us today or send an email to the right!!
We can help your foot, ankle or toes condition – Call Dr. Nguyen Ky today if you need help with or have questions about achilles tendon pain, injuries, achilles tendon tears / ruptures treatments / surgery in San Jose CA, call us today or send an email to the right!!
Dr. Nguyen Ky D.P.M. (408) 292-2485
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