Lafayette Podiatry Associates - Lafayette Podiatry, Indiana

Patient Education

Menu
Lafayette Podiatry Associates
2020 Union Street, Suite 100
Lafayette, IN 47904
(765) 449-4758


Search

Xanthomas of the Achilles Tendon

Brief Description

An uncommon cause of small lumps in the Achilles tendon is an excessively high cholesterol level in the blood stream. This is a hereditary disorder that results in the deposition of cholesterol in the Achilles tendon. Frequently people will also have yellowish plagues on the lower eye lids, This is a serious condition and requires aggressive treatment by a physician to lower the cholesterol levels. Left untreated the high cholesterol levels can lead to premature heart attack and death.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by clinical exam. Palpation of the Achilles tendon will reveal multiple small nodular masses. Noting excessively high blood cholesterol levels on routine lab tests provides confirmation of the condition. A biopsy of the lesion will also make the diagnosis.

Treatment

The nodules in the Achilles tendon should be left alone. There is no value in removing them. Treatment should be directed at lowering the blood cholesterol levels.

Article provided by PodiatryNetwork.com.



DISCLAIMER: MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS BEING PROVIDED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATION PURPOSES AND IS NOT MEANT TO REPLACE THE DIAGNOSIS OR CARE PROVIDED BY YOUR OWN MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease or prescribing any medication. Visit a health care professional to proceed with any treatment for a health problem.


Lafayette Podiatry Associates is a full service Podiatry Center, specializing in both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. We are pleased to provide you with assistance for all of your foot care needs. Drs. Perry and Schweikher are very well trained in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and look forward to providing you with the highest quality care you deserve.

Copyright © 2019 Lafayette Podiatry Associates. All rights reserved.
Podiatrist in Lafayette | 47904 Podiatrist Office | Lafayette Foot Doctor
Web Site Design & Maintained by Physician WebPages