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Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles Tendinitis is a condition that causes inflammation near the heel along the back of the leg. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or disease and often causes swelling, pain, or irritation.

Symptoms

  • Stiffness and pain along the Achilles tendon in the morning
  • Pain and tenderness along the tendon the day after exercising
  • Thickening and swelling of the tendon
  • Existing swelling worsening with activity  throughout the day
  • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that gets worse with activity

 

Causes
The condition can be caused as a result of repetitive stress to the tendon. This often occurs  when we overexert our bodies in a short period of time but other factors can make it more likely to develop tendinitis, including:

  • If you are already suffering from tight calf muscles  extra stress on the Achilles tendon can           cause Achilles Tendinitis
  • Extra bone growth where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone
  • Having  pronated feet or high arch feet

 

Treatment

  • Wearing orthotics can help by correcting foot and ankle misalignments and placing the tendon      in a more neutral position to take extra stress and tensions away.
  • Wearing supportive cushioned shoes
  • Heel lifts take some strain off the tendon.
  • Stretching and strengthening  the calves
  • Resting and reducing activities temporarily
  • Icing the most painful area of the Achilles tendon throughout the day can help.