Achilles Tendon Disorders

Matthew J. Harrison, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Lower Extremity Specialist located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

Achilles tendon disorders are common and may cause pain and limit your mobility. Without the right diagnosis and treatment, an Achilles tendon disorder may lead to chronic problems that affect your quality of life. Matthew J. Harrison, MD, uses advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques to relieve pain and restore function of the Achilles tendon. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Santa Barbara, California, or book an appointment online today.

Achilles Tendon Disorders Q & A

What are Achilles tendon disorders?

Achilles tendon disorders include a wide range of conditions that affect the structure or function of your Achilles tendon. These conditions are common and may develop from an acute injury, overuse, or an underlying foot problem (flat foot).

Types of Achilles tendon disorders include:

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the acute inflammation of the tendon from activities such as walking or running.

Achilles tendonosis

With Achilles tendonosis, the tendon thickens and weakens, making it more susceptible to tears and ruptures. This condition may develop from overuse or aging.

Achilles tendon tears

Achilles tendon tears are tiny tears in the tendon. Tendon tears may occur from an acute injury or tissue degeneration. 

Achilles tendon rupture

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon that occurs when the tendon is stretched beyond its limit. 

How are Achilles tendon disorders diagnosed?

Dr. Harrison conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about your Achilles tendon, so he can provide an accurate diagnosis. During your exam, he reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your foot and ankle. 

Following your evaluation, Dr. Harrison may use advanced imaging techniques such as ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for further evaluation. 

How are Achilles tendon disorders treated?

Dr. Harrison takes a patient-centered approach to care and uses the latest scientific data to guide your treatment. Physical therapy and a home exercise program are often needed for recovery. Surgery is considered only after conservative treatment fails except in certain cases of acute injury.

Dr. Harrison is also a skilled foot and ankle surgeon, and when needed, he may recommend surgery to treat your Achilles tendon disorder, such as:

Achilles repair

Achilles repair is a surgical procedure that repairs torn, ruptured, or damaged tendons. The specifics of the procedure may depend on the severity of your Achilles tendon disorder. 

Achilles tendon reconstruction

Achilles tendon reconstruction is a surgical procedure that rebuilds a severely damaged or torn Achilles tendon by using tendons from other parts of your body.

For expert care of your Achilles tendon disorder, call the office of Matthew J. Harrison, MD, today, or use the online booking tool.