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Can I Get Achilles Tendonitis?

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00

Achilles tendonitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon, a fibrous band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Injuries to the Achilles tendon usually arise due to a sudden increase in exercise, wearing unsupportive or ill fitting shoes, or a direct blow to the area. While Achilles tendonitis can affect anybody, it is most common in people who participate in sports that strain the heel, such as running, tennis, basketball, figure skating, skiing, and dancing. This condition can lead to symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and soreness in the affected calf and heel, weakness, a creaking or crackling sound when moving the leg, and a reduced range of motion. If you suspect that you have an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible. This specialist will be able to evaluate and diagnose your injury and provide the appropriate treatments. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Ira Silverman of New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Willingboro, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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