What is Achilles Tendonitis?

What is Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis 

Whether taking a walk, going for a run, or playing sports, the Achilles tendon, located at the back of the leg, has the tremendous job of keeping the calf muscle attached to the heel of the foot. This vital connection allows us to securely plant our feet, whether hopping over a puddle, engaging in a tennis match, or simply pushing off to walk. 

If overused, this large band of tissue can become painfully swollen and limit mobility. If symptoms are not addressed, further injury or complications from previous Achilles issues may result in Achilles tendonitis.

What is Achilles Tendonitis (AT)?

Achilles tendonitis (AT) is inflammation, pain, and swelling of the Achilles tendon. It is usually a chronic condition caused by overuse and is most common in athletes, but it can also happen to anyone. 

Risk factors for developing Achilles tendinitis include:

  • Sudden change in frequency or intensity of physical activity
  • Using inappropriate footwear, such as running in flat shoes
  • Insufficient muscle strength in the lower legs 

Symptoms of Achilles tendinitis can include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the ankles and legs
  • Pain that worsens when moving the foot or ankle
  • Swelling at the back of the ankle
  • Heel and ankle pain
  • Swelling around your Achilles tendon

Proper rest and recovery time after activity are great ways to avoid stressing and overusing the Achilles. If you experience symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, there are non-surgical options to help. Neglecting the symptoms can cause further damage and lead to degeneration (your tendon starts to break down) or a torn Achilles that may require surgery. If your symptoms do not improve or you are in severe pain, you should consult a doctor 

If you live in the Central Texas area, call CTX Foot and Ankle Center at 254-313-9559 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bednarz and start your journey to get relief from your foot pain today. 

Achilles Tendonitis
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