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Causes and Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, disrupts the smooth functioning of the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. Contributing factors include tight calf muscles and excessive running up and down hills. Sudden increases in exercise intensity or duration of activity and wearing improper footwear, such as stiff-soled shoes or high heels, are other causes of Achilles tendonitis. Athletes engaging in activities that involve repetitive jumping or sudden stops or starts are particularly prone to overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis. The main symptom is pain along the tendon, especially near the heel. Other signs of Achilles tendonitis can include swelling, warmth, and tenderness over the affected area. Difficulty rising on the toes or pushing off while walking, in addition to morning heel pain accompanied by ankle stiffness are further indicators. Recovery for Achilles tendonitis typically includes anti-inflammatory medication, rehabilitation exercises, and use of walking boots or casts for immobilization. If you are experiencing symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and personalized treatment.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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