Fore! Tiger Woods Suffers from Heel Pain Associated with Achilles Tendonitis

James W. Rust
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The world’s former #1 golfer, Tiger Woods has recently missed approximately 1 year to a left leg and heel injury. The extent and severity of his ailment, much like many of our patients, can lead to long periods of pain and inactivity, as well as lifestyle changes.

It is estimated that Achilles tendonitis accounts for 11% of all running injuries. The Achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle. It connects the large calf muscles (Gastrocnemius and Soleus) to the heel bone (Calcaneus) and provides the power in the push off phase of the gait cycle (walking and running).

Achilles tendonitis can be either acute, following an increase in training, or chronic which occurs over a longer period of time. In addition to being either chronic or acute, the condition can also be either at the attachment point to the heel or in the mid-portion of the tendon (typically around 4cm above the heel). Healing of the achilles tendon is often slow, due to its poor blood supply at certain areas of the tendon.

At Atlantic Podiatry Associates, we try to treat this injury as conservatively as possible. Initially, simple rest, ice, an anti-inflammatory, strapping or orthotics are used to take stress off the tendon. We make sure you have the right running or walking shoes for style or aggressiveness of activity.

If the tendon and injury progresses, cast or boot immobilization, and MRI’s are commonly employed to grade the extent of the damage. In cases of tears or ruptures, our physicians feel comfortable in fixing the problem surgically, coordinating rehabilitation, and getting the tendon back to normal strength.

Don’t let your Achilles heel drag you down like Tiger. Atlantic Podiatry Associates in Port Orange and Orange City, FL, have treatments and solutions to get you back on the playing field, with a path to keep the problem from coming back. 

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