Achilles Tendonitis | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation along the Achilles tendon found on the back of the lower leg attaching the calf muscles to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is responsible plantarflexion of the ankle (causing the front of the foot to lower and lift the heel off the ground). Achilles tendonitis is typically caused by overuse (running and jumping type exercises).
What are causes of Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is usually due to overuse, but this tends to happen in specific situations:
• Sudden increase in the amount or intensity of activity
• Tight calf muscles
• Running on hard surfaces such as concrete
• Running too often
• Frequent jumping activities (such in volleyball or basketball)
• Using shoes with improper support
How is Achilles Tendonitis Diagnosed?
Typically only a physical exam is needed to diagnose Achilles Tendonitis. In some more involved cases Diagnostic Ultrasound and even an MRI may be warranted.
What is the treatment for Achilles Tendonitis?
Most cases of Achilles Tendonitis can be treated conservatively. This involves a number of modalities including:
• Decreasing or stopping all high impact activity until the acute inflammatory phase has passed.
• Running or walking on softer or smoother surfaces.
• Switching to swimming or biking for aerobic activity
• Stretching exercises
• Strengthening exercises with eccentric contractions of the Achilles.
• Heel lifts in the shoes
• Foot Orthoses
If you are suffering from any foot pain, see The Podiatrist.
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