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Achilles Tendinitis occurs through the straining of your Achilles tendon, resulting in an ache, swelling or burn around the joint in the back ankles large tendon. The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that acts as the flexible bridge between your calf muscles and your heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy is the umbrella under which podiatrists group or distinguish tendinitis. Tendinitis is actually just an inflammation caused by micro tears around the tendon.
What Causes This Foot And Ankle Condition Called Achilles Tendinitis?
The Achilles tendon allows you to spring to your toes and push off when you walk. Achilles Tendinitis most often is found in athletes and men between the ages of 30 and 50, trying to be athletes in their off time. The pain comes on with a sudden increase in activity or for a longer duration. Motion that involves pushing off or repeated stop and go movements will put the tendon at a higher risk. Stiffness or tenderness seem to arise often in the morning while more severe ankle pain happens during or following an activity.
What Does Achilles Tendinitis Feel Like?
The watershed zone is the area roughly 3 centimeters above where the heel connects to the Achilles tendon and the majority of pain is reported.
What Are The Risk Factors Of Achilles Tendinitis?
How Can I Treat Achilles Tendinitis?
Warming up and stretching before physical activity are ways to increase flexibility, elasticity and strength of your tendons. Exercise should be performed in shock absorbent, low heeled footwear. Other treatment options for Achilles Tendinitis are:
Persistent discomfort in the ankle or heel region should bring concern and a visit to the Durango, CO podiatrist should be in order. A weakening of the Achilles tendon from tendinitis can lead to a tear or rupture which often requires surgery. At the point of an Achilles rupture it is best to seek out immediate medical attention. If you are experiencing any kind of foot or ankle pain, please schedule an appointment with our Durango, CO podiatry office today.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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