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Treating Achilles Tendon Pain

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is susceptible to injury just like every body part is.  Achilles tendinopathy is the universal term to describe disease of the tendon. Specifically, Achilles tenosynovitis is the term to describe the inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the tendon; Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon itself.  When it comes to Achilles tendinopathy, it is strongly recommended that you see a podiatrist, as an exact diagnosis and proper treatment is needed to ensure that the Achilles tendon will heal. In the meantime, it is recommended to take it easy and rest to avoid further damage and irritation.  Stretching and certain exercises may help, but it is best to discuss with a podiatrist whether this is right for you. Podiatrists may utilize different forms of treatment depending on the type and severity of the injury.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. 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 Point Pleasant, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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