Achilles tendinitis is a medical condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. This happens when the Achilles tendon is constantly abused. This condition is common among athletes and middle-aged people who are actively engaged in sports activities. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It allows a person to extend the foot and point the toes toward the floor. This is also the thickest, longest, and strongest tendon in the body. Generally, tendons such as the Achilles tendon do not heal rapidly or completely. A lifestyle change is sometimes needed to prevent the recurrence of Achilles tendinitis. The aim of treating Achilles tendinitis is to relieve the pain and reduce swelling.
Tendon injury treatment includes resting the leg, using cold compression therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, performing a heel lift, and using a brace or cast to keep the heel and tendon still. Surgery may be needed if the symptoms do not improve.
Our podiatrist will assess the severity of the condition and select the best procedure to repair the Achilles tendon. Schedule an appointment with BRIO Foot & Ankle Specialists for a complete evaluation.
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