Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is often caused by overuse, leading to pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking or running.

What are the signs and symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?

  • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning
  • Pain along the back of the tendon when walking or running
  • Severe pain the day after exercising
  • Swelling that is present either constantly or worsens with activity
  • Tenderness to the touch

Achilles Tendinitis FAQ

The condition is usually caused by repetitive stress to the tendon, often from intense physical activities. Other factors include a sudden increase in exercise intensity, tight calf muscles, improper footwear, and structural abnormalities in the foot.

If left untreated, Achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears or ruptures, which are more serious conditions requiring extended treatment and recovery times.

Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, review of symptoms and activity history, and sometimes imaging tests like ultrasound or MRI to assess the extent of the inflammation and rule out other conditions.

Treatment usually includes rest, ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, and exercises to strengthen and stretch the calf muscles. In more severe cases, immobilization, orthotics, or surgery may be required.

You should consult a healthcare provider if you experience persistent pain, swelling, or difficulty walking, or if home remedies do not alleviate the symptoms.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.