Achilles Tendonitis Specialists in Downtown & Midtown, NY

Gotham Footcare

Podiatrists located in New York, NY

For New York City patients dealing with Achilles tendonitis, doctors at Gotham Footcare can help. Dr. Miguel Cunha, and the team of phycisians can work with patients to determine the underlying cause of the discomfort and craft a personalized treatment plan. Patients can visit the two convenient locations in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, New York.

Achilles Tendonitis Q & A

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation along the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is therefore susceptible to overuse injuries from running and jumping type exercises.  It is responsible for plantarflexion of the ankle (causing the front of the foot to lower and lift the heel off the ground).

What is the treatment for Achilles Tendonitis?

Most cases of Achilles Tendonitis can be treated conservatively with nonsurgical treatments, although it may take several months for symptoms to completely subside. This involves a number of modalities including: 

  • Resting: The first step in reducing pain is to decrease the activities that aggravate one’s symptoms.  Switching to low-impact activities until the acute inflammatory phase has passed will put less stress on the Achilles tendon.
  • Cross-training activities such as biking, elliptical exercise, and swimming are low-impact options to help you maintain being active.
  • Icing. This can be done up to twenty-minute intervals throughout the day as necessary.
  • Stretching exercises and strengthening exercises with eccentric contractions of the Achilles.
  • Supportive shoes and Heel lifts
  • Custom-made orthotic devices, which are made at Gotham Footcare using a state-of-the-art laser scanner.
  • (NSAIDs) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Physical therapy: At Gotham Footcare both passive and active physical therapy modalities including the Graston Technique will be administered to the Achilles tendon to effectively treat Achilles Tendonitis.

What happens if conservative treatment fails?

Gotham Footcare prides itself on offering the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments. Three of the latest and most effective non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques include Shockwave Therapy also known as EPAT®(Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology), Tenex, and Regenerative Medicine injections including Platelet Plasma and Amniotic Growth Factor Injections. 

In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expenses, we accept most managed care plans and insurance providers. For any questions regarding insurance, please contact our offices.

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