Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition affecting the Achilles tendon which is found at the back of the ankle. Achilles tendinitis is characterized by inflammation and irritation of the Achilles tendon, leading to discomfort during movement. Common symptoms can include pain and stiffness near the heel, often worsening after physical activity. Overuse and repetitive stress are primary culprits, frequently affecting athletes and those who engage in intense physical activities. Having tight calf muscles, wearing improper footwear, and sudden increases in exercise intensity can also contribute to getting an Achilles tendon injury. Managing Achilles tendinitis involves rest, compression, and elevation, along with performing gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Severe cases may require medical intervention, and it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan that is right for you.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM of Lenox Hill Podiatry. 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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