The band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel is called the Achilles tendon. This tendon helps the body to walk, run, and jump, in addition to standing on tiptoes. When an Achilles tendon injury is experienced, it can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Common causes include increasing speed and distance too quickly while running and training on hard or uneven surfaces. Additionally, long-term conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid disorders may lead to Achilles tendon injuries. Some of the symptoms associated with this ailment are stiffness, dull or sharp heel pain, and the back of the ankle may be swollen. If the injury is severe, surgery may be an option to consider for permanent repair. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide the treatment solution that is right for you.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Deborah Rosenfeld of Rosenfeld 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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