What is Achilles tendonitis?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bones and is used when you walk, run, and jump.
Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great pressure from running and jumping, it is also susceptible to tendinitis, a condition associated with overuse and degeneration.
- Pain in the heel along the tendon when walking or running
- Stiffness of the tendon in the morning
- Tendons may be painful to touch or move
- The skin above the tendon may be swollen and warm
- Difficult to stand on one leg
- May feel a “cracked” sensation when the tendon is under pressure
Achilles Tendonitis Causes
Repeated or intense tension on the tendon (Excessive) Excessive most often occurs in young people. This can happen to pedestrians, runners or other athletes. Sports like basketball which involve jumping puts a large amount of stress on the Achilles tendon. This might be more likely to happen: After a sudden increase in the amount or intensity of an activity. When calf muscles are very tight (not lying down)
Tendinitis from arthritis is more common in middle-aged and elderly people. A spur of bone growth or can form behind the heel bone. This can irritate the Achilles tendon and cause pain and swelling.
How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?
- MRI scan
Achilles tendonitis Treatments
- Physical Examination
- Achilles tendonitis medication
- Achilles tendonitis injection
- Shockwave therapy
- Achilles tendonitis physiotherapy
- In severe cases of Achilles tendonitis the leg may need to be put in a cast for several weeks. And in very extreme cases, surgery is needed. These cases are usually rare and long rehabilitation is needed before full movement is allowed
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