Achilles Tendonitis Stops Basketball Player - Charles A. Suleskey, DPM

One of the most promising players of the Memphis Grizzlies #11 / Point guard Mike Conley has been battling Achilles Tendonitis. Mike Conley missed a couple of games due Achilles injury. After evaluating his injury, the team doctors made a decision not to allow Conley to return to the game and just wait for him to recover.

The inflammation of Achilles’ tendon is referred to Achilles Tendonitis. It causes pain at the back of your leg near the area of the heel. Once the tendon of your heel become swollen and painful, there is a big risk that you have Achilles Tendonitis. Consult a podiatrist for any type of foot injury. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with Achilles Tendonitis and other types of chronic foot conditions.

You may be able to lower the risk of Achilles Tendonitis with the help of these strategies

  • Reduce the heel size of your shoes to let your tendons stretch slowly and to increase the range of its motion
  • Stretching your calf muscles every morning will help to improve your agility
  • Choose and wear a shoe that provides arch support and proper cushioning
  • Performing a new exercise routine will help intensify your physical activity
  • Combining a low and high impact exercises will reduce stress on your tendons

Below are some of symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

  • Difficulty of flexing your foot or pointing your toes
  • There is pain above your heel and the back of your foot while stretching
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • A snapping or popping noise during the injury and
  • Tenderness

Here are some of the possible therapies and treatments for Achilles Tendonitis

  • The use of anti-inflammatory drugs for a limited period of time
  • Reducing the physical activity
  • Visiting a physical therapist
  • Switching to a less strenuous sport
  • Applying ice in the area where there is pain
  • Elevate the injured foot to reduce the swelling
  • The calf muscles should be stretched and strengthen
  • Wear a brace or elastic bandage to prevent the movement of your injured foot
  • Getting a steroid injection

(If conservative treatments are not effective, surgery may be needed to try to repair the Achilles' tendon.)

These activities may strain the Achilles tendon  

  • Wearing high heels shoes daily
  • Exercising without having a warm up
  • Your foot suddenly turns in or out
  • You have a very tight calf muscles
  • Wearing shoes that do not have proper support
  • Running on concrete or hard surfaces
  • Jumping
  • Running too often

At Charles A. Suleskey, DPM located in Venice, Florida, we specialize in helping people suffering from Achilles Tendonitis.  To schedule an appointment call (941) 493-7999,