Achilles Tendon Specialist

Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic

Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Jonesboro, GA & Atlanta, GA

Your Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in your body, connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Between sports injuries, slips and falls, and even genetic traits, you can injure your Achilles tendon, which may require treatment from Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS, of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. As a board-certified podiatrist serving Sandy Springs and Jonesboro, Georgia, Dr. Kalish has extensive training in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendon issues. You can schedule your exam through the online scheduler or over the phone.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

When do I need to see a doctor for Achilles tendon pain?

Achilles tendon pain isn’t something you should ignore. After all, you naturally stretch your Achilles tendon with each step you take, which can aggravate it even further. It’s important to have an Achilles tendon exam if you experience:

  • Bruising, tenderness, or swelling
  • Chronic inflammation (Achilles tendonitis)
  • Moderate-to-severe pain above your heel
  • Lower leg pain while flexing or pointing your foot
  • Snapping or popping sounds or sensations when the injury occurs

Before your Achilles tendon pain starts lowering your quality of life and keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, schedule an evaluation at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic.

What causes Achilles tendon discomfort?

Achilles tendon injuries are some of the most common types of sports injuries. You can easily injure, tear, or rupture your Achilles tendon when you participate in activities where you speed up or slow down quickly, or pivot often. This is why runners, gymnasts, dancers, and basketball and tennis players tend to suffer regularly from Achilles tendon discomfort.

Sports injuries aren’t the only causes of Achilles tendon injuries. You can also have Achilles tendon discomfort due to:

  • Flat feet
  • Slips and falls
  • Standing on your feet all day
  • Improper warm-ups before exercise
  • Overly tight leg muscles or tendons

You can even experience Achilles tendon pain and inflammation if you regularly wear high-heeled shoes. These types of shoes can stress your Achilles tendon.

How are Achilles tendon injuries treated?

At Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic, Dr. Kalish spends time evaluating you and performing diagnostic tests — including the calf squeeze test — to better understand the severity of your Achilles tendon injury. Depending on the outcome of your exam and your specific symptoms, your Achilles tendon treatment plan may include:

  • Compression wrapping
  • Activity modifications
  • Custom orthotics or heel lifts
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Dr. Kalish combines therapies as needed to ensure you get the relief you need from Achilles tendon discomfort. If you have a complex injury, such as a rupture, Dr. Kalish may recommend surgery to repair your damaged Achilles tendon.

Schedule your Achilles tendon exam at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic and get the effective treatment you need. Book your Achilles tendon evaluation online or over the phone.