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Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an injury caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone. Inflammation of the tendon causes pain and swelling down the back of leg toward the heel. There are two types of Achilles tendinitis:

  • Insertional Achilles tendinitis - affects the lower part of the tendon, where it attaches to the heel
  • Noninsertional Achilles tendinitis - affects the middle area of the tendon and more common in younger, active people

Achilles Tendinitis Causes

Achilles tendinitis commonly occurs in runners, and can also occur with older "weekend warriors" who participate in sports activities only on the weekend. Factors that may contribute to the likelihood of developing Achilles tendinitis include:

  • Flat arch in the foot, putting more strain on the Achilles tendon
  • Poor quality or condition of footwear
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Bone spurs
  • Excessive weight

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

Most people with Achilles tendinitis experience symptoms including:

  • Morning stiffness and pain in the Achilles tendon
  • Pain along the Achilles tendon that worsens with activity
  • Unusually severe pain the day following exercise
  • Swelling that does not subside and gets worse throughout the day

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment

Most cases of Achilles tendinitis are treated through self-care with recommended:

  • Exercises - to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon
  • Orthotics - shoe inserts to elevate the heel and relieve strain

When Achilles tendinitis does not respond to these non-invasive treatments, surgery may be necessary to repair the tendon.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis, contact us to schedule an appointment. We will provide a complete evaluation and prescribe the best course of treatment for you.

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