Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.
Typically your podiatrist will usually diagnose Achilles tendinopathy following a throughout foot examination and an assessment of your typical symptoms. They may feel for swelling or tenderness of the tendon. They may also ask you to do some exercises to put some stress on your Achilles tendon.
Initial treatment usually involves resting the painful Achilles tendon to allow the inflammation to subside and allow for healing. A period of rest after the onset of symptoms is important in controlling acute injuries.
Insoles with a heel wedge (raise) can be inserted into the shoe to minimize the stress on the Achilles tendon. These can be placed in both athletic shoes and work shoes. By lifting up the heel of the foot, even by a small amount, a significant amount of force is decreased on the Achilles tendon.
If Left Untreated
If left untreated, the tendon will begin to degenerate and scar tissue will form. In severe cases Achilles Tendonosis can lead to complete rupture of the Achilles tendon.
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