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What Causes Achilles Tendon Injuries?

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

The Achilles tendon is found in the lower part of the calf, and it connects the heel to the calf muscles. This tendon can become easily injured, generally from increasing speed and mileage too quickly. When the tendon is stretched beyond its normal range of motion it may rupture completely or partially, which can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Patients who have this condition can find it difficult to walk, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Additionally, people can develop another type of Achilles tendon injury, which is referred to as Achilles tendinopathy. This is described as a chronic condition that can be a result of gradual wear and tear of the Achilles tendon. In both cases, relief may start with ceasing the activity that caused the injury. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the tendon. If you have an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson of Easton, PA. . 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 offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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