Achilles Tendon Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

Your Achilles tendon enables the movement in your feet and when a problem develops in this connective tissue, it can lead to pain and issues with mobility. Ankur Dharia, DPM, and the specialists at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute provide top-notch treatments for patients in and around Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, who suffer from Achilles tendon issues. For proper Achilles tendon treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is the Achilles tendon?

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and it connects your calf muscle to your heel. This large tendon enables you to walk, run, and jump, which means it plays no small role in your ability to move around.

What problems can develop in the Achilles tendon?

Your Achilles tendon can succumb to several problems, including tendonitis, tendonosis, a tear, or a rupture. This list is by order of severity, and one often leads to the other — for example, an Achilles tendon that’s weakened by tendonitis is more prone to tearing and rupture. 

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury?

Achilles tendon problems typically cause the following symptoms, the severity of which depends upon the degree of the damage:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • The inability to stand on your toes or push off on your feet


If you believe that you may have any of these symptoms, it is highly recommended to visit the providers at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute for a proper diagnosis to prevent any future issues that may harm your foot health. 

What causes Achilles tendon problems?

The answer to this depends upon your problem. If you’re suffering from tendonitis, the odds are that it stems from overuse. Tendonitis develops over time and after repeated use.

Achilles tendon tears or ruptures, on the other hand, can be caused by acute trauma, such as landing incorrectly on your feet or falling.

How are Achilles tendon problems treated?

When you come in, Dr. Dharia reviews your symptoms and relies on advanced imaging to take a closer look at the internal structure of your tendon to pinpoint the problem. Once he determines the cause of your Achilles tendon pain or discomfort, he tailors a treatment plan to meet your unique situation and goals, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Icing
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • A walking boot


If your Achilles tendon has a severe tear or it’s ruptured completely, you may require surgery to repair the connective tissue.

If your Achilles tendon is causing you problems, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online.