Achilles Tendon Injury

A fibrous cord called the Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. This enables you point your toes down so you can rise up on your toes and push off as you walk.

Athletes are at risk for Achilles tendon strains and tears, called ruptures. You can also injure this tendon through more basic activities like running, walking and lifting yourself up on your toes. The Achilles tendon can also get inflamed, a condition called Achilles tendonitis.

Whether your discomfort comes on gradually or starts with a pop and sudden inability to walk, you should see an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist and make a plan for healing.

Achilles tendon treatments

Adventist Health Portland's sports medicine, foot and ankle teams include doctors with extensive training and experience in treating foot and ankle injuries. They work closely with rehabilitation specialists to make sure you have a treatment program that addresses all your needs and goals.

During your first appointment, we'll go over your history, your passions and activities, your plans and goals, and your hopes for recovery. Together we will craft a treatment plan customized for your needs.

That plan often includes nonsurgical treatments like:

  • Rest and ice Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rehabilitation exercises and education
  • Casting or splinting

The most severe Achilles tendon ruptures may require surgery. Surgical treatments include:

  • Removal of damaged tissue or bone spurs
  • Repair of the tendon
  • Lengthening of the calf muscle to prevent future injuries

Schedule your visit

When your Achilles tendon is in pain, our foot and ankle specialists and sports medicine team can help. Just call us today at 503-261-6961 or use our online form to request an appointment.