Achilles Tendinitis

Treatment and Information


The Achilles tendon connects the calcaneus (heel bone) to the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, forming the calf’s largest and most powerful muscular complex. Because of its limited blood supply, the tendon is vulnerable to injury, especially when subjected to intense forces. Aging and increasing activity (especially in high-velocity sports) increase the risk of Achilles tendon injury.

Achilles tendinitis is a relatively frequent condition that affects a large number of people. Pain and swelling around the back of the heel and ankle region are classic symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. These symptoms might appear suddenly as a result of an accident, or they can develop gradually over time.

The Achilles tendon might show up as a swollen, thickening, and painful region 3-5 cm above the heel bone. Tendinosis is a thickening of the tendon that occurs when the midsubstance ripping of the tendon occurs. This condition is caused by a weakening Achilles tendon, which puts the tendon at risk of rupture.

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A bone spur on the back of the heel bone can also cause Achilles tendinitis. The insertion of the Achilles tendon is irritated as a result of bone spurring. The tendon sheath and the bursa between the bone and the tendon may enlarge as a result of the irritation. This can be a really unpleasant situation. The pain is usually felt while standing, walking, or wearing shoes.

A frequent sports injury is Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis can affect people of all ages. The following are some of the most common causes and risk factors:

Those who increase the intensity of their exercises, rookie runners, or those who have not fully trained, those who exercise in cold weather or in mountainous places, and those who wear incorrect or worn shoes.

This tendon will enlarge and hurt if it is overused. Obesity or flat feet can also exacerbate the problem.

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