Achilles Tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. It is the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It is the biggest tendon in your body. You use this tendon to jump, run, walk, and stand on the balls of your feet. It can be mild or moderate and feel like a burning pain or stiffness, If the pain is severe, your Achilles Tendon may be partly torn or completely ruptured.
- Tight calf muscles
- Limited range of motion
- Pain above your heel
- Thickening of tendon
- Inability to stand on the toes on the injured legs
Any repeated activity that strains your Achilles tendon can potentially cause tendonitis.
- Being overweight
- Wearing poorly fitted shoes
- Playing sports
- Exercising without proper warmup
- Wearing high heels daily
- Being older, tendon weakens with age
- Falling from a height
If you are showing symptoms or feeling pain your doctor will do an exam. They may want to see you walk or run to look for problems that might have led to your injury. To help with their diagnosis, a doctor may recommend an X-ray or an MRI so they can see an image of the bones, ligaments, and tendons and allow the doctor to check for problems, such as tears or inflammation.
To lower risks of Achilles Tendonitis:
- Try to stretch your calf muscles at the beginning of each day.
- Ease into new exercise.
- Choose proper shoes and cushioning.
- Choose running surfaces carefully.
- Stay in good physical shape.
Treatment for Achilles tendon pain depends on the type and severity of the injury. Applying ice packs to the tendon, when in pain or after exercising, can alleviate the pain. Rest will give time for the tissue to heal; the type of rest needed depends on the severity of the symptoms. Elevating the foot and keeping above the level of the heart can reduce swelling. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling. Most importantly wearing a brace will prevent heel movement and help your tendon to heal quicker.
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