The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone at the back of the leg. The tendon allows you to push off when walking or running as well as raising up onto your toes. One type of Achilles tendon injury is known as Achilles tendinopathy. This occurs when there are small tears in the tendon as a result of overuse. Another very common injury that may occur is known as an Achilles tendon rupture. This usually happens when there is a sudden movement that puts too much stress on the calf muscle. This type of injury can cause instant pain and loss of movement, and a popping sound may be heard at the time of injury. If you notice pain in your Achilles tendon area, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatrist because of the severity of the potential issues.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood of Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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