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Achilles Tendonitis

Michael  J. Brunetti, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Michael J. Brunetti, DPM

Podiatrist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Your Achilles tendon can withstand an incredible amount of force, yet it's the most frequently ruptured tendon in the human body. Achilles tendon injuries can occur at any time, during athletics or from chronic overuse. Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, and his team, at their office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, can diagnose and treat a wide range of Achilles tendon injuries. At the office of Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, these tendon injuries are approached using personalized one-on-one methods. Book an appointment today by calling the office, or request one online at any time. Remember, your feet are your foundation!

Achilles Tendonitis Q & A


What is your Achilles tendon?

Tendons enable your movements and attach your muscles to your bones. Your Achilles tendon runs from the bottom of your calf muscle to your heel bone. It allows you to raise and move your heel when you walk and move about. 


What is Achilles tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when you have an inflamed tendon. Tendonitis can often be a common overuse injury. You may be more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis if: 

  • You suddenly increasing your mileage or speed when walking, jogging, or running
  • You start new exercises without adequate stretching or warming up
  • You have trauma caused by a sudden contraction of calf muscles, such as starting a sprint
  • You engage in repetitive movements
  • You wear improper footwear
  • You're affected by poor foot mechanics 
  • Hill running or stair climbing is part of your workout 

Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis is pain that manifests anywhere along the tendon and perceptible tenderness on the sides of the tendon. If Achilles tendonitis goes untreated, it can contribute to tendon degeneration over time.

Additional symptoms may include: 

  • Mild aches
  • Tenderness 
  • Stiffness (especially in the morning) 

Risk factors: 

  • Age 
  • Activity level 
  • Training choices 
  • Medicial conditions 
  • Certain medications 


How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Treatment begins with a full examination, which includes a thorough review of your medical history and a complete physical examination. After assessing your injury, Dr. Brunetti initially treats Achilles tendon injuries using conservative, non-operative treatment options.

Dr. Brunetti may also recommend a customized course of one or more of the following treatments to help you avoid surgery:

  • Massage
  • Manual therapy
  • Taping
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Balancing exercises
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Balancing exercises
  • Cold laser therapy 
  • Ultrasound

The team at Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC has had great success in the conservative, non-operative treatment of Achilles tendonitis and all tendon injuries. 

To receive expert care for an Achilles tendon injury, call Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, or book an appointment online today.