Achilles Tendonitis

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Overview:

Do your calf muscles ache? Is the back of your heel and ankle swollen or tight? If so, you may be suffering from a common condition known as Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles tendonitis is an injury caused by overuse of the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel bone. When overused, the Achilles tendon can get irritated, painful, stiff and swollen. Although it is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, it is also the most injury-prone due to its limited blood supply and the enormous stress placed upon it. Achilles tendonitis can worsen if not treated properly, so address the problem promptly.

Symptoms:

  • Pain, irritation and stiffness of the tendon and calf
  • Inflammation of the tendon and surrounding area
  • Limited range of movement

Causes:

  • Excessive rolling inward of the foot (over-pronation) while walking
  • Flat feet or collapsed arches
  • Short Achilles tendon
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Heel bone deformity
  • Inadequate stretching prior to activity
  • Improperly fitted shoes
  • Inadequate arch support
  • Sudden increase in physical/athletic activity
  • Chronic overuse
  • Direct trauma or injury
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Treatment
  • Proper foot support to reduce excessive stretching
  • Wear shoes with adequate support
  • Decrease, or in severe cases suspend physical activity
  • Avoid uphill climbs
  • Apply ice after activity
  • Avoid excessive stretching, which can worsen the condition
  • Add arch supports to shoes
  • Raise the heel with heel cups, cradles or slightly higher shoes
  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)
  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
  • Supportive athletic, casual or dress shoes
  • Wellness shoes to help you walk properly and correct your balance

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