Achilles Tendon Injury Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

As the largest tendon in your body, it’s no surprise that your Achilles tendon is one of the most commonly injured. And, because you rely on it for every step you take, this injury can be debilitating. Get the treatment you need from the Achilles tendon injury experts at Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Achilles Tendon Injury Q&A

What is the Achilles tendon?

Your body has two Achilles tendons. Each runs along the back of your legs, connecting the back of your heel to your calf. This tendon allows you to flex and point your foot and helps you propel yourself forward with each step you take. 

It’s also one of the most commonly injured tendons, especially in men over the age of 30. You can injure your Achilles tendon playing a sport that requires you to pivot or start or stop moving rapidly. 

Each time you push off the floor with your foot, you put your Achilles tendon under pressure. Too much quick motion can result in a rupture or tear. 

However, plenty of non-athletes also injure their Achilles tendon. Some of the common day-to-day causes of Achilles tendon injuries include:

  • Flat feet
  • Excessive tension in the muscles of the legs
  • Certain medications
  • Regularly wearing ill-fitting high heels

If you injure your Achilles tendon, visit your Tri-State Specialists provider for a consultation. 


How can I tell if my Achilles tendon is injured?

Most people identify an Achilles tendon injury because they’re feeling pain above the ankle. If the pain worsens when you flex or point your foot, your Achilles tendon is most likely injured. 

When the Achilles tendon ruptures or tears, it usually causes immediate pain. You may hear a popping sound as the tendon is injured, and you most likely notice some swelling along the back of your heel. 


How do I heal my Achilles tendon?

Some Achilles tendon injuries heal on their own given ample rest. But others require more involved treatment. 

If your Achilles tendon is hurting, make an appointment at Tri-State Specialists. The team of experts appraises your injury and advises you on what you need to do to fully heal it. 

That could be as simple as resting at home or going to physical therapy with the practice’s on-site team of therapists and coaches. They also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to jumpstart your body’s healing process. 

In some cases, surgery is required to fully heal the injury. The dedicated staff of orthopaedic surgeons at Tri-State Specialists is available to talk with you about this surgery and what to expect, both during your procedure and during your healing process. 

They are specialists in minimally invasive surgery and this may be an option for you. If you decide surgery is right for you, an Achilles tendon specialist performs it. 

Tri-State Specialists is here to help you heal from your Achilles tendon injury. Call or book your appointment online today.