Sharp Pain in the Achilles Tendon: [Causes & Best Treatment]
Sharp Pain in the Achilles tendon is usually nerve irritation, this will take approximately 2-3 weeks to get better if you follow these TOP TREATMENT TIPS.
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis:
- The number one cause of sharp pain in the Achilles tendon is irritation of the nerves.
- You have your sural nerve here, and you have your other cutaneous nerves including the posterior branches of your posterior tibial nerve.
- A lot of things could irritated this, deeper down in this can be Achilles tendinitis.
- Or it could be your skin being irritated by eczema.
- It can also be assured rubbing up against the back of his heel causing nerves to be irritated.
The sharp pain explained:
- This means that you may have nerve irritation from the inflammation that occurred around your Achilles tendon.
- This will take approximately 2-3 weeks or more to calm down after the inflammation has been removed.
Symptoms Achilles Tendonitis:
- Obviously you have sharp pain!
- You may also have numbness, burning and tingling.
- You may also have a deep, aching and burning pain.
Conservative Home Treatment:
- If your Achilles tendon pain is sharp and it is not getting better after approximately 1-3 months of conservative therapy:
- Then it is likely that you may have had some nervous tissue impingement or irritation.
- The odds are greatly on your side that this is just a condition termed neuropraxia- which is just irritation of the nerve that lasts for a couple weeks before calming down, even if the inflammation in your Achilles tendon has already decreased.
- You should continue conservative therapy for another 3 months and wait for the neuropraxia to decrease.
- There are more aggressive anti-inflammation treatment options such as wearing a CAM walker, iontophoresis and injections.
- We prefer the home treatment options that can get you feeling better before the in office options.
Home treatment options:
- Prepare yourself for a few months to get completely relieved Achilles tendon pay.
- It is normal for 3 months and even up to six months in some people to get complete relief
- Consider rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.
Get good shoes:
- Make sure you get yourself good supportive pair of shoes.
- This guide will show you how to fit shoes on to your foot properly in order them online.
Get good orthotics:
- With a good shoe that can fit orthotics, get a pair of these recommended orthotics and it will quickly relieve the pressure on your Achilles tendon.
Get a good supportive ankle brace:
- There are two types of ankle braces, there are stability ankle braces and there are compression ankle braces.
Best ankle braces for stability:
- If you have severe pain and you strained it recently, consider stability brace first:
Best ankle braces for compression.
- But if you’re feeling like this is a chronic pain that gets worse during the day, consider a compression brace to relieve some of the swelling.
Massage and ice the area:
- Get yourself some good pain relief with massage rollers combined with ice:
Get good pain relief cream:
- These are some of our recommended pain relief creams.
- Mental has been shown to really improve pain to the Achilles tendon.
Consider these massage roller sticks:
- Before considering surgery- you should do your best to offload and reduce tension.
- Casting and CAM walker boots are the ultimate offloading method before surgery is to be considered.
It is a good idea to continue reducing pressure onto the area by finding anyway to prevent rubbing against the back of the foot, lifting the heel to remove tension onto the heel.
- It is also preferable to also continue reducing inflammation by continuing to take anti-inflammatories and Icing the region.
- Corticosteroids should not be advocated as injections around the Achilles tendon have been shown to increase the risk of rupture.
Podiatrist Office Options:
- Avoid corticosteroid injections into the Achilles tendon– studies have shown that corticosteroids can weaken the tendon if they are directly injected into the tendon, but if bursitis is present than it may be beneficial to decrease inflammation around the Achilles tendon and decrease nerve irritation.
- Iontophoresis – Two pads with an electrical charge combine to transport chemicals through the skin
- Inject the Bursa- If bursitis is present, injection into the bursa can be attempted, but avoid the achilles tendon
- Air Walker -Immobilization is the final step to preventing surgery, it is usually done for approximately 2 weeks
- Cast -Immobilization is the final step to preventing surgery, it is usually done for approximately 2 weeks
- Spur Removal Surgery – this can definitely get rid of the bump and get you feeling better fast!
Consider plantar fasciitis:
- If you’re having bottom of the heel pain, then consider plantar fasciitis as a pathology.
- This can definitely cause you significant amounts of pain in the bottom of the heel.
- It may even radiate to the back of your. He also seems like Achilles tendon.