Achilles Tendon in New Jersey
The pain from an Achilles tendon injury can put a damper on your quality of life, which is why residents in an around Cedar Knolls, NJ turn to Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons for treatment.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
Your Achilles tendon stretches from your heel to your calf muscles and its “springiness” allows you to extend your foot and point your toes. However, it is also one of the most commonly injured, especially for those who play sports.
Other common causes of injury include:
- Wearing high heels
- Increasing your level of physical activity too quickly
- Not stretching properly prior to exercise
Benefits of Achilles Tendon Treatment
The Achilles tendon plays a key role in everyday life, and being unable to use it can have a significant impact on your ability to get things done.
After your Achilles tendon is treated, you may experience the following benefits:
- Increased mobility
- Reduced pain
- The ability to participate in sports and other types of physical activity
How is Achilles Tendon Treatment Performed?
Achilles Tendonitis is easily treated when detected early. Your doctor will examine the ankle, and take an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. In most cases, treatment consists of rest, ice, and exercises to strengthen the muscles around the tendon.
- Non-Insertional Achilles Tendonitis– where the middle part of the tendon is injured – responds well to physical therapy.
- Insertional Achilles Tendonitis– a degeneration of the fibers of the Achilles tendon at its insertion into the heel bone may be treated with custom
If the tendonitis does not improve within six months, then surgery may be necessary. Surgery removes the degenerative portions of the tendon, any bone that is irritating the tendon, and any inflamed bursa tissue. If the tendon is short, then lengthening may also be necessary. The tendon attachment to the heel bone may need to be strengthened with sutures that attach directly into the bone.
Preparing for Achilles Tendon Treatment
If surgery is required, your surgeon will discuss all the pertinent details with you well in advance.
Recovery from Achilles Tendon Treatment
After surgery, a splint is worn for two weeks in a toe-down position to allow wound healing. Once the wound begins to heal, weight bearing in a cast or brace in a toe-down position as well as range-of-motion exercises are started.
- In mild cases, your Achilles tendon injury may naturally heal itself using rest, ice packs/compresses, OTC pain relievers, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises.
- In moderate cases, your Achilles tendon injury may require casting for 6-10 weeks.
- Severe cases may require surgery.
- Recovery may take longer if another tendon is transferred.
What Makes Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons Unique
Motivated to take on complex challenges, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ. Using cutting edge techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, you can rely on our physicians for the most effective foot care.
They work collaboratively with your team of physicians, physical therapist and other health care providers to ensure the most accurate diagnoses and comprehensive treatment.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Achilles Tendon Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
We take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!