Achilles Tendonitis

What is the Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which is the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). It typically occurs due to overuse or repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon, which can lead to microtears and inflammation.

Other possible conditions that may arise due to injury of the Achilles tendon include tears, ruptures, tendinitis, peritendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy, and bursitis. 

What are signs & symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis may include pain and stiffness in the back of the heel, especially during physical activity. The pain may worsen with increased activity and improve with rest. In some cases, a visible swelling or thickening of the tendon may also be present.

  • Pain in the back of the heel
  • Stiffness in the Achilles tendon
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Swelling or thickening of the Achilles tendon
  • Tenderness when touching the affected area
  • Limited range of motion in the ankle
  • Morning stiffness and pain in the Achilles tendon

Please consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment if you experience these symptoms.

What are some treatments for Achilles Tendonitis?

Different treatments for issues concerning the Achilles tendon vary, but may include over-the-counter or prescribed pain relievers for intense discomfort, alternating ice and heat therapy, custom-made orthotics, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery. 

  • Rest and activity modification
  • Ice application
  • Compression bandages or braces
  • Elevation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Orthotic devices or shoe inserts
  • Heel lifts
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Steroid injections (in some cases)
  • Surgical intervention (in severe cases)

If you or someone you know is experiencing pain or discomfort involving the Achilles region, seek out the help of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment regime.

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