The Achilles tendon, capable of withstanding forces of over 1,000 pounds, is the largest tendon in the body. Connecting the calf to the heel, the Achilles tendon is commonly ruptured by both professional and recreational athletes due to overuse and relieve stress.
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Starting a new exercise routine or intensifying an existing regiment can both contribute to Achilles tendonitis. Overuse, intense elevations, failure to stretch adequately, trauma, and improper footwear can also lead to Achilles tendonitis.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?
Frequently, Achilles tendonitis consists of mild pain from running or exercise that gradually intensifies. Other symptoms of Achilltendonitisnis include:
- Recurrent, localized pain
- Leg tenderness in the morning
- Leg sluggishness
- Leg swelling
- Leg stiffness
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
Achilles tendonitis can be diagnosed and treated by a podiatry specialist. Treatment regimens include compressive bandages, nonprescription or prescribed orthotic shoe inserts, an-inflammatory medication, rest, and strengthening exercises.
Your feet support you all day – support them back with a little help from the professionals at Cutting Edge Foot and Ankle Clinic. If you are experiencing any pain or swelling in the Achilles region don’t wait; schedule an orthopedic consultation today for the best chance at a full recovery.