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Active Foot & Ankle Treats Achilles Pain in Seattle & Edmonds

Diagnosis for Your Achilles Injury

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Achilles tendon

X-rays will sometimes show a calcification beginning within the tendon insertion (left, white arrows on the X-ray). The pain may be at this point and lower on the back and bottom of the heel. High resolution ultrasound imaging can be done in the office and may reveal disorganization present within the tendon.

Achilles pain and injury treatment

Custom molded shoe inserts or orthotics, stabilize the side-to-side motion of the foot and help the tendon insertion heal naturally. Orthotics ordered by a podiatrist for medical necessity are covered by most medical insurance.

A night splint can also prove helpful. The splint is worn for thirty minutes, with minimal but constant tension on the Achilles tendon. Decrease in the "First Thing in the Morning" pain is usually noticed immediately.

A removable walking cast with inflatable air bellows may be used for the first two or three weeks of treatment. This becomes especially necessary and helpful if Achilles tendon damage is seen on ultrasound. The correctly inflated air bellows make a more exact fit and transfer weight away from the injured heel to the surface of the leg. The cast is removed for sleeping, showering and driving. Generally, patients go to work and function normally.

Transition from cast to orthotic

By the time the cast comes off, orthotics normally have come back from the lab.

Posted by Mark A. Kuzel, DPM, FACFAS on September 3, 2010

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At Active Foot & Ankle Center, we are committed to providing you the highest quality foot & ankle care. Our board certified doctors have over 15+ years of experience in Seattle, Edmonds, and throughout Western Washington. We are ready to serve all of your foot and ankle needs. Find out more by browsing our website, then contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Doctors for ankle or foot pain

Meet the doctor

Mark Kuzel

Mark Kuzel

DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Kuzel has been in practice since 1992 and has been board certified since 1998.

Questions? Call us at 206-528-0100 at our Seattle office or 425-775-1505 in Edmonds.

Seattle / Edmonds Foot Doctor, Podiatrist, Prescription Orthotics
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Active Foot and Ankle Center
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206-528-0100

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