Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body. It runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

Symptoms

  • Pain- aching, stiffness, soreness, or tenderness.
  • Intense pain when the tendon is squeezed
  • With progression, the tendon may become enlarged, nodule may also develop in the area where the tissue is damaged.

Causes

Achilles tendonitis is usually caused by a sudden increase of a repetitive activity involving the Achilles tendon. Due to the ongoing stress on the tendon the body is unable to repair the injured tissue. The structure of the tendon is then altered, resulting in continued pain. Athletes and individual who work on their feet are more likely to develop Achilles tendon disorders. If individuals with flat feet wear shoes without adequate stability, their over-pronation can further aggravate the Achilles tendon.

Treatment

  • Ice- used to reduce swelling due to inflammation.
  • Immobilization- a cast or removable walking boot can be used to reduce forces through the Achilles tendon and promote healing.
  • Oral medication- NSAIDS can be used to help with reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to repair the tendon.

Achilles Tendonosis- over time the condition of Achilles tendonitis progresses to a degeneration of the tendon in which the tendon loses its organized structure and is likely to develop microscopic tears.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273
704-504-1004