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Facts About Achilles Tendonitis

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

The Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in the body, connects the leg muscles with the heel. It allows you to walk, run, and jump. When the tendon becomes aggravated or inflamed, the condition is known as Achilles tendonitis. There are two types of Achilles tendonitis, insertional and non insertional. Insertional Achilles tendonitis affects the lower portion of the heel and can happen to anyone, whether they are active or not. Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis is more typical among athletes and affects the middle portion of the tendon. The pain, caused by overstressing or overworking the tendon, is generally set off by a sudden change in the intensity of movement. Tight calf muscles and lack of flexibility, which may be brought on by aging, are other common factors. Overuse, often experienced by runners who increase speed, distance, or frequency too quickly, can bring on Achilles tendonitis. Heel pain is the main symptom felt by sufferers of this condition. To find out whether you have Achilles tendonitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our doctors of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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