When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you think you have an
Achilles tendon problem (at or above the back of your ankle) and:
- The back of your heel and ankle are very
- You felt a sharp pain like a direct hit to the Achilles
- You heard a pop in your Achilles tendon when
- You are unable to walk comfortably.
Achilles tendon area has begun to swell.
- You have signs of damage
to the nerves or blood vessels, such as numbness, tingling, a pins-and-needles
sensation in your foot, or pale or bluish skin.
If you have had an Achilles tendon injury in the past and
you have reinjured your Achilles tendon, call your doctor to find
out what you need to do. Rest your lower leg and foot until treatment
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you
have severe pain in the Achilles tendon area. If you think you have injured
your Achilles tendon, call your doctor. Early treatment is most
effective in healing the Achilles tendon.
If you think you have
Achilles tendinopathy, rest your lower leg and foot
for a couple of days and avoid any hard activity. Use ice and pain-relieving
medicines to reduce the pain and swelling, and follow the other steps in the
Home Treatment section of this topic. If you have weakness, cramping, or
constant pain in your Achilles tendon, call your doctor.
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnosis and treat an
Achilles tendon problem include:
You may be referred to a
physical therapist for exercises to rebuild your
Achilles tendon and leg muscle strength.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.