Achilles Tendinitis

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Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the Achilles’ tendon which connects your calf muscles to your heel bone due to overuse, stress on the tendon, this is usually short lived. If not taken care of properly it can progress to damage of the Achilles tendon including micro tears, degeneration of the tendon and thickening of the tendon, patient experiences chronic pain.
This pathology is common in athletes, flat feet and “weekend warriors.” If not treated properly, can lead to ruptures of the Achilles’ tendon. Hopefully patients see a podiatrist before this occurs.
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Treatment includes:
1) Immobilization. Either with each a walking boot or cast
2) Ice and NSAIDs due to reduce the inflammation.
3) Calf stretching. Daily posterior calf stretching at home, or utilizing a night splint and it maybe so severe you will need physical therapy, which includes stretching and strengthening of the tendon.
4) Custom orthotics. To help correct overpronation and alleviate stress on the Achilles’ tendon. Supportive shoe gear is a must also. .
If conservative treatment fails, surgery is the last option which includes repairing the Achilles’ tendon. .
If you are experiencing pain, tenderness along the course of the Achilles tendon, or at the insertion (back of your heel).