The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the calf and connects the heel to the calf muscles. It is responsible for pointing and flexing the foot and is needed while walking or running. Many people can develop an Achilles tendon injury, and it generally causes severe pain and discomfort. It can happen as a result of not training properly or overtraining before a running practice is started. Some patients develop this type of injury if their speed or mileage is increased too quickly, and a small tear in the Achilles tendon may occur. This is a condition that typically takes several weeks to completely heal. Patients may find it helpful to wear a protective boot as the healing process takes place, in addition to limiting walking. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this type of injury include swelling and bruising in the calf area, and it may become difficult to walk. Research has indicated surgery may be necessary in finding permanent relief if not completely healed in six months. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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