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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Barry, Peter F., DO, FACOI Internal Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Beams, Michael E., DO, FACMQ Family Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Bullek, David D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Mirsky, Eric C., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights

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Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about achilles tendon injury

  • Click to enlarge Achilles tendon injuries can be caused by an overuse of the tendon, such as from frequent uphill running, intense exercise, or sports training, or from doing a lot of work that causes you to bend at the knees and ankles.
  • If the tendon is completely torn, you may experience a pop at the time of the injury. You may not be able to lift your heel off the ground or point your toes. ​Pain, stiffness, weakness, or swelling may occur in the back of your lower leg or ankle when you rise up on your toes.

what is achilles tendon injury?

An Achilles tendon injury is a problem with the tendon that connects your heel bone to the calf muscle of your lower leg. You use the Achilles tendon when you point your toes up and down and when you walk, run, or jump. Tendons can be injured suddenly or they may be slowly damaged over time. You can have tiny or partial tears in your tendon. If you have a complete tear of your tendon, it’s called a rupture. Other tendon injuries may be called a strain, tendinosis, or tendonitis.

You are more likely to have an Achilles tendon problem if you have tight calf muscles or a tight Achilles tendon, or if your feet roll inward and flatten out more than normal when you walk or run (hyperpronation). It can also be also a result of changing the type of running shoes you wear, or if you wear high heels most of the day and then switch to lower heeled shoes for exercise.

how is achilles tendon injury diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group foot and ankle specialist will examine the ankle and tendons to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

  • You will need to change or stop doing the activities that cause pain until your tendon has healed. For example, you may need to swim instead of run.
  • Your healthcare team may recommend physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises to help you heal.
  • Special shoes or shoe inserts may help. If you have a severe injury, your healthcare provider may put your foot in a cast or splint for several weeks to keep it from moving while it heals.
  • If your tendon is torn, you may need surgery to repair the tendon.
  • The pain often gets better within a few weeks with self-care, but some injuries may take several months or longer to heal. It’s important to follow all of your healthcare team's instructions.

how can i manage achilles tendon injury?

  • To keep swelling down and help relieve pain:
    • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time.
    • Do ice massage. To do this, freeze water in a Styrofoam cup, then peel the top of the cup away to expose the ice. Hold the bottom of the cup and rub the ice over the painful area for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this several times a day while you have pain.
    • Keep your foot up on pillows when you sit or lie down.
    • Take nonprescription pain medicine, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.
    • Moist heat may help relieve pain, relax your muscles, and make it easier to use your ankle. Put moist heat on the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes before you do warm-up and stretching exercises. Moist heat includes heat patches or moist heating pads that you can buy at most drugstores, a warm, wet washcloth, or a hot shower. To prevent burns to your skin, follow directions on the package and do not lie on any type of hot pad. Don’t use heat if you have swelling.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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