Achilles tendon injuries, or tendinopathy, “[are] one of the most common causes of pain felt behind the heel and up the back of the ankle when walking or running.” Achilles tendon injuries are more likely to develop in those who participate in extensive physical activity. They occur when too much pressure is exerted on the Achilles tendon. The stress can lead to the Achilles tendon either becoming strained or ruptured. Treatment options for an Achilles tendon injury involves icing the injured area, using a leg brace, and therapy.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns contact Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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 cause severe 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 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
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 in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.