Achilles tendon tears are common in recreational and competitive athletes, but they can impact any patient. Dr. Chad Ferguson treats patients with Achilles tendon injuries and related pain.
Symptoms of an Achilles Injury
The Achilles tendon is a strong cord that connects your heel bone to your calf. It allows you to point your feet down and also push off of your feet as you walk. Achilles tendon injuries can present with a variety of painful symptoms. Here are some of the common symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury:
- A “pop” sound at the time of injury
- Pain & Swelling at the back of the heel
- Difficulty bending your foot downward
- Foot and ankle mobility issues
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – especially if you have recently sustained an injury – it’s time to seek medical treatment from an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.
Treating Achilles Tendon Tears
Treating Achilles tendon injuries first requires an accurate diagnosis. An orthopaedic surgery evaluation is required to fully diagnose your condition, coupled with diagnostic imaging tests. Once your physician has reached a diagnosis, you can discuss treatment options, which may include bracing, pain medications, or surgery. The right treatment for you will depend on your specific situation, medical history, and the extent of the tear. Surgical repair of the Achilles tendon is often the best course of treatment for long-term pain relief and function.
Dr. Ferguson specializes in minimally invasive techniques for treating Achilles tendon tears and rehabilitation protocol to return you to a high level of function.
Read more about Achilles tendon injuries at the AAOS website.
Knoxville Achilles Tendon Surgeon
Achilles tendon tears should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid serious complications. Dr. Chad Ferguson is a skilled and experienced Achilles tendon surgeon who treats patients in Knoxville and the surrounding area.