At the Foot & Ankle Center of Kirkland, Drs. Stephanie Kim and Rachel Kang are passionate about their chosen profession. They are dedicated to providing their valued patients with the best care possible using the most technologically advanced procedures. Having been named one of Seattle’s Best Doctors 4 years in a row, Dr. Kim offers exceptional podiatric care in a welcoming and relaxing environment. With two convenient locations in Kirkland and Issaquah, Foot & Ankle Center of Kirkland provides a wide array of podiatric services for the entire family. If you are experiencing an injury to your Achilles tendon, this Seattle Achilles doctor is the one to see for effective and immediate care.
The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. A tough band of fibrous tissue, it is also known as the calcaneal tendon or heel cord. The Achilles tendon is formed as the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles) unite into one band of tissue at the low end of the calf. Its terminal insertion is at the back of the heel bone and is cushioned by fluid filled sacs known as bursae. Although the Achilles tendon has an extraordinary ability to withstand great stress from running, jumping, and all of the daily activities, the Seattle Achilles doctor explains that it is also prone to injury from overuse, degeneration, and trauma. Achilles tendonitis is caused by repetitive or intense strain on the Achilles tendon. The structure of the Achilles tendon weakens with age, which can make it more susceptible to injury — particularly in people who may participate in sports only on the weekends or who have suddenly increased the intensity of their running programs.
The Seattle Achilles doctor might suggest rest in order to treat your Achilles tendonitis. Cross training and warming up before a sports activity may help prevent the injury. But when the tendon is torn or ruptured, your doctor may suggest surgery to repair the damage. A small incision, about the size of a grain of rice, is made and a tiny scope is inserted. The scope transmits an image of the joint or injury on to a large screen so your doctor has a clear image of the joint and the tendon tear. Repair of the tear is made using the same incision site, so recovery is much faster. In addition, you will experience a lot less post-surgical discomfort and the scar will be nearly imperceptible. You will return to your active lifestyle and preferred activities quickly and with improved function and flexibility. Your post-treatment rehabilitation is an important part of your healing process. After the pain and swelling go down, we will prescribe specific exercises for you to restore range of motion and strengthen the muscles. Rehabilitation may also help prevent tendon tears again in the future. For a comprehensive treatment plan for all of your orthopedic needs, gives Drs. Kim and Kang a call today.