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Several Reasons for an Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon is located in the calf, and when injured, it can become extremely painful. This tendon connects the heel to the calf muscles and is the largest tendon in the body. An injury to this tendon can make it difficult, if not impossible, to walk, and prompt medical attention is often sought. An Achilles tendon injury can occur from gradual overuse, and it may be common in people who increase speed and distance too quickly while running. The symptoms that many people experience with this type of injury can include pain at the back of the heel, and the affected area may be warm and tender. There may be additional reasons why this condition may happen. These can consist of being overweight, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, or possibly having flat feet. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can perform a diagnosis, and offer correct treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Shawn Echard, DPM of Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner 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

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • 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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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