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Understanding an Achilles Tendon Tear

An Achilles tendon tear occurs when the fibrous tissue connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone ruptures, often due to sudden and forceful movements or overuse. This vital tendon plays an essential role in everyday activities such as walking, running, and jumping. When torn, it can cause severe pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. The injury is commonly associated with athletes, especially those involved in sports requiring quick bursts of acceleration like basketball or soccer. However, anyone can experience an Achilles tendon tear, particularly as they age or if they engage in activities that strain the tendon. Treatment typically involves rest and stretching exercises that can strengthen the tendon and prevent future injuries. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the tear. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

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

  • 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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