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Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury

Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00

An Achilles tendon injury can cause severe pain and many people even experience difficulty walking. This tendon is located at the back of the leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel. An injury to this tendon can happen suddenly by twisting the leg, or it may gradually develop because of tendon weakness. Some of the symptoms that patients associate with this injury include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the back of the heel, as well as limited mobility. Resting the affected foot is recommended as the healing process takes place, in addition to performing specific stretches. Some ways to help reduce the risk of an Achilles tendon injury is by wearing shoes that fit correctly, warming up and stretching properly before and after strenuous activities, and it is important to rest in between workouts. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can offer you various treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Alexander Terris of Total Foot Care. 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 Wilmington, DE . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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