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Achilles Tendon

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Parkway Podiatry

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

You don’t have to be a Greek hero to damage the major tendon that connects your heel to your calf. If you live in or around the Bensonhurst or Gravesend neighborhoods and you've injured your Achilles tendon, don’t hesitate to contact Parkway Podiatry. Gary Saphire, DPM, and his team are experienced in treating Achilles tendonitis, Achilles tendon ruptures, and more. Call the office Brooklyn, New York, office, or schedule your appointment online today.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

Where is my Achilles tendon located, and what does it do?

The Achilles tendon connects the back of your heel to your calf. It’s the largest tendon in your body, and it allows you to flex your foot and point your toes. You use this tendon with each step you take. And that’s why any damage to it, whether a slight strain or a complete rupture, hinders your ability to enjoy your daily life.  

How can I tell if I hurt my Achilles tendon?

If you feel pain in the back of your leg above your heel that worsens when you point or flex your foot, you may have an injured Achilles tendon. If you have Achilles tendonitis or a strained Achilles tendon, the area might feel stiff and tender. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that can occur when you’re simply going about your daily activities. 

If you ruptured your tendon, you most likely felt immediate, severe pain in the area. You may have even heard a pop or snap at the moment the tendon ruptured. Achilles tendon ruptures most commonly occur during sports, especially when you’re breaking out into a sprint or pivoting quickly. 

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

At Parkway Podiatry, Dr. Saphire offers a wide range of Achilles tendon treatments. He starts by taking the time to understand the extent of your injury. Then, he personalizes care to your tendon’s needs and your lifestyle choices. For example, he may recommend a specific treatment to a serious athlete, and a different one to someone who prefers daily walks as their form of exercise. His goal is to deliver the right tailored treatment program to help you return to your usual daily activities pain-free. 

Some Achilles tendon injuries can be treated with ample rest or an orthotic insert in your shoe to take the strain off the tendon as it heals. If your tendon has ruptured, Dr. Saphire may use more involved treatments to repair it. 

What happens if I need surgery?

If reconstructive surgery is needed, Dr. Saphire performs it on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day. He is also highly experienced in advanced surgical reconstruction, so you can rest easy, knowing you’re in good hands. 

If you think you might be suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, don’t hesitate to call Parkway Podiatry, or schedule your appointment online.