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Tendon Tears Specialist

Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center

Mariola Rivera, DPM

Podiatrist & Sports Medicine located in White Plains, White Plains, NY & Purchase, NY

You have tendons all over your body that link muscles to bones for normal movements, but between overuse and acute injuries, these tendons can tear. If you’re experiencing pain or inflammation or having difficulty bearing weight on your foot or ankle, schedule an exam with Mariola Rivera, DPM, at Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center. With clinic locations in White Plains and Purchase, New York, you have an office nearby to receive the tendon tear treatment you need. Schedule your exam online, or call either office to speak with a team member.

Tendon Tears Q & A

What causes a tendon tear?

Tendons are incredibly durable. The tendons in your lower extremities are designed to withstand great force from supporting your body weight, as well as the additional force from walking, running, or sporting activities. You can suffer from a tendon tear due to:


  • Being older
  • Twisting or rolling your foot or ankle
  • Experiencing a direct impact injury, like a collision during sports 
  • Using corticosteroid medications or injections for extended periods


Though any of the tendons in your feet, ankles, or lower legs can tear, your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, is the most commonly affected tendon. In many cases, an Achilles tendon rupture is linked to chronic or untreated Achilles tendinitis. 


How do I know if I have a tendon tear?

As you may expect, a tendon tear can lead to serious pain. Dr. Rivera encourages you to come into Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center for an evaluation if you notice:


  • Swelling or tenderness 
  • Limited range of motion
  • Popping noises or sensations
  • Inability to point or flex your foot
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your affected foot or ankle


It’s particularly important to have a tendon tear evaluation right away if your symptoms are worsening or not improving after several days. Dr. Rivera can gather in-office images to assist with the diagnosis process, so she can get you started on treatment right away. 


What is the treatment for a tendon tear?

Treating a tendon tear depends on the severity of the injury — like if it’s a small tear or a complete rupture — as well as the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Rivera may get you started on any of the following conservative tendon tear treatments:


  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Immobilization with a cast or brace
  • Amniotic stem cell injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Physical therapy 


For more severe tendon tears or injuries that don’t respond to conservative solutions, Dr. Rivera could recommend surgery. Tendon tear surgery allows Dr. Rivera to correct the injury, graft tissues, and make any other necessary repairs to help you get back to 100%. 
You have plenty of innovative tendon tear treatment solutions available at Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center. Find out more by booking an exam online or over the phone today.