Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

The purpose of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscle to the heel bone. The back of the heel is often the area of discomfort when an injury occurs. Research has shown that it may be common among athletes who participate in running and jumping activities such as soccer, volleyball, softball and similar sports to incur this type of injury. Additionally, the Achilles tendon is referred to as one of the longest tendons in the body, and may endure wear and tear from daily activities such as walking and running. Damage inflicted on the Achilles tendon typically begins with a gradual feeling of discomfort. In cases of an extreme tear, severe pain will be felt immediately. Some of the symptoms that may be experienced with this type of injury can include tenderness when touched, redness and swelling. The ankle may become swollen and stiff, causing difficulty when attempting to move it. Changing the area where the sport or activity takes place in addition to adequately resting the foot is essential for proper healing to commence. A consultation with a podiatrist is suggested for a proper diagnosis and for additional information about an Achilles tendon injury.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Harold Sterling of Michigan. Our doctor 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 office located in Lansing, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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