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Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis, also known as “overuse” disorders, are usually caused by an increase of repetitive activity that involves the Achilles tendon. The structure of the tendon fibers has been altered, resulting in ongoing pain. Repetitive motion puts excess strain on the tendon, and due to this constant stress, the body is unable to repair the injured tissue as it usually would. 

 

Although this can happen to anyone at any age, athletes are at high risk for developing Achilles tendon disorders. Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis are common in individuals whose work puts stress on their ankles and feet. In addition, people that also suffer from flat feet tend to develop Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis. It is due to the greater demands placed on the tendon when walking.

 

What is the Achilles Tendon?

 

The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Sometimes also referred to as the heel cord, the Achilles tendon facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground. 

 

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

 

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This inflammation is typically short-lived. Over time, if not resolved, the condition can progress and degenerate the tendon (when the tendon loses its structure) is more likely to develop microscopic tears. Chronic degeneration with or without pain may result in rupture of the tendon in more rare cases.

 

Signs and Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Disorder:

 

  • Pain, aching, stiffness, soreness, or tenderness within the tendon
  • Tenderness or intense pain when pressing the sides of the tendon
  • A popping or snapping sensation
  • Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and the calf
  • Difficulty and pain when walking uphill or up stairs

The symptoms listed above require medical attention to prevent further damage.

 

Until the patient can see a doctor, we recommend the R-I-C-E method, which involves:  

 

Rest: Stay off the injured foot and ankle since walking can cause pain or further damage.

Ice:  Apply a bag of ice covered with a thin towel to reduce swelling and pain. 

Compression: Wrap the foot and ankle in an elastic bandage to prevent further swelling.

Elevation: Keep the leg elevated to reduce swelling. 

 

 At Feet First Foot Care LLC, our leading podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has experience treating this condition. To schedule an appointment, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information. 



 








 

 

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