Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendinitis typically occurs due to the overuse of the Achilles tendon or certain long-term medications.

If you have Achilles Tendinitis, refrain from overusing your Achilles tendon as the possibility of it rupturing is higher.
  • Symptoms
  • Pain at the heel tendon when touched

    • During or after running or other sport activities like stair climbing or sprinting, Sudden movement during physical activity

    • Improved with rest

    or Heel pain

    • Improved with rest

    • During or after running or other sport activities like stair climbing or sprinting, Sudden movement during physical activity

    • Pain at the heel tendon

    common

    Enlarged feet or ankle

    • Swelling, lump or nodule only above the back of the heel

    • In one side, In both feet or ankles

    common

    Gradual inability to stand on toes

    Trouble walking

  • Risk factors
  • Wearing high heels daily or for prolonged durations

    or Stop and go sports

    or Stepping into a hole or falling from a height on feet

    Preexisting achilles tendon problems

    or Foot misalignment

    Overweight or obese

    Use of steroids

    or Use of fluoroquinolones

  • Treatment
  • Tendinitis usually responds well to self-care measures like icing and reducing physical activity. But if the symptoms are severe or persistent, the doctor might suggest other treatment options: 1-Medications: over-the-counter pain medications — such as NSAIDs. 2-Physical therapy exercises: such as specific stretching and strengthening exercises to promote healing and strengthening of the Achilles tendon. 3-Surgery may be needed if several months of more conservative treatments don't work or if the tendon has torn.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Achilles Tendinitis, then a visit to an orthopedic surgeon is recommended.

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