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Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue connecting the calf muscles at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone (calcaneus). Achilles tendonitis most commonly occurs due to repetitive or strenuous activity that puts stress on the Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendonitis is often caused by activities that place repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon. This includes running, jumping, and other types of strenuous physical activity. Poorly fitting shoes or high heels can also increase the risk of Achilles tendonitis as they can cause an imbalance in the muscles and joints in your feet, leading to pressure or strain on the Achilles tendon. Age can also increase one’s risk for Achilles tendonitis as the Achilles tendon weakens with age, making it more susceptible to injury.  Additionally, genetics may play a role in Achilles Tendonitis as some people are born with Achilles tendons that are unusually tight or weak.

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis depends on its severity. Mainly, resting from activities that aggravate the Achilles tendon is often recommended in mild cases. Over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen may help reduce pain and swelling. Physical therapy is often used to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon. Corticosteroid injections may also be used in more severe cases to help reduce inflammation. lastly, surgery may be needed for extreme Achilles tendonitis cases. 

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis depends on its severity. Mainly, resting from activities that aggravate the Achilles tendon is often recommended in mild cases. Over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen may help reduce pain and swelling. Physical therapy is often used to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon. Corticosteroid injections may also be used in more severe cases to help reduce inflammation. lastly, surgery may be needed for extreme Achilles tendonitis cases. 

It is important to recognize Achilles Tendonitis early on, as catching it early can help prevent further injury or damage to the Achilles tendon. It is especially important for athletes or those who partake in strenuous activities to monitor their feet closely for any signs of Achilles Tendonitis, as well as take measures such as wearing properly fitting shoes and performing warm-up exercises before physical activity. Additionally, Achilles tendonitis can be avoided by strengthening calf muscles with stretching and strength training exercises.  By taking the necessary precautions, people can avoid  Achilles tendonitis and continue living an active life. 

If Achilles tendonitis persists or worsens despite self-care methods, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare professional. A doctor or physical therapist can provide advice and support when it comes to treating Achilles Tendonitis. Additionally, they can provide additional treatments such as ultrasound therapy, shoe inserts, and steroid injections if necessary. Ultimately, Achilles Tendonitis should be taken seriously as it can become a debilitating condition if left untreated.

If you’ve seen your physician, he/she may have ordered an x-ray to see if there may be any other type of injury. An MRI is a diagnostic tool that uses strong magnets and radio waves to visualize structures of the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. This test allows the physician to determine the extent of the injury with more detail than an X-ray. The quality of the images depends on the equipment used to create them.

This content is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If Achilles Tendonitis is suspected or present, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare provider in order to get the best treatment possible.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?  

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue connecting the calf muscles at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone (calcaneus). Achilles tendonitis most commonly occurs due to repetitive or strenuous activity that puts stress on the Achilles tendon.

What can cause Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is often caused by activities that place repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon. This includes running, jumping, and other types of strenuous physical activity. Poorly fitting shoes or high heels can also increase the risk of Achilles tendonitis as they can cause an imbalance in the muscles and joints in your feet, leading to pressure or strain on the Achilles tendon. Age can also increase one’s risk for Achilles tendonitis as the Achilles tendon weakens with age, making it more susceptible to injury.  Additionally, genetics may play a role in Achilles Tendonitis as some people are born with Achilles tendons that are unusually tight or weak.

What are some symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

Common symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis include pain and stiffness near the Achilles tendon, especially when walking or running. Swelling may also occur near the affected area. Achilles tendonitis can be a debilitating condition if left untreated.  If any of these symptoms are present, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare professional in order to prevent further injury or damage.

Hot to treat Achilles Tendonitis? 

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis depends on its severity. Mainly, resting from activities that aggravate the Achilles tendon is often recommended in mild cases. Over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen may help reduce pain and swelling. Physical therapy is often used to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon. Corticosteroid injections may also be used in more severe cases to help reduce inflammation. lastly, surgery may be needed for extreme Achilles tendonitis cases. 

How to prevent Achilles tendon injury?

It is important to recognize Achilles Tendonitis early on, as catching it early can help prevent further injury or damage to the Achilles tendon. It is especially important for athletes or those who partake in strenuous activities to monitor their feet closely for any signs of Achilles Tendonitis, as well as take measures such as wearing properly fitting shoes and performing warm-up exercises before physical activity. Additionally, Achilles tendonitis can be avoided by strengthening calf muscles with stretching and strength training exercises.  By taking the necessary precautions, people can avoid  Achilles tendonitis and continue living an active life. 

When to see a doctor for Achilles Tendonitis? 

If Achilles tendonitis persists or worsens despite self-care methods, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare professional. A doctor or physical therapist can provide advice and support when it comes to treating Achilles Tendonitis. Additionally, they can provide additional treatments such as ultrasound therapy, shoe inserts, and steroid injections if necessary. Ultimately, Achilles Tendonitis should be taken seriously as it can become a debilitating condition if left untreated.

If you’ve seen your physician, he/she may have ordered an x-ray to see if there may be any other type of injury. An MRI is a diagnostic tool that uses strong magnets and radio waves to visualize structures of the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. This test allows the physician to determine the extent of the injury with more detail than an X-ray. The quality of the images depends on the equipment used to create them.

This content is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If Achilles Tendonitis is suspected or present, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare provider in order to get the best treatment possible. 

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Physical therapy is an important treatment for Achilles tendonitis. The process of physical therapy for Achilles tendinitis can help you enhance recovery time if you have symptoms of Achilles tendinitis. A physical therapist can provide advice and support when it comes to treating Achilles tendonitis. By seeking treatment from a healthcare professional specializing in Achilles tendonitis, patients can improve their condition and return to their normal activities of daily life without the pain or discomfort of Achilles tendonitis.

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If Achilles tendonitis is suspected or present, it is important to seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare provider in order to get the best treatment possible. At Posh Physical Therapy, our expert physical therapists will provide individualized care and treatment plans specifically tailored to meet the needs of each patient. Our goal is to help you achieve the highest level of function and return you to your normal activities of daily life as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment with us today so that we can start helping you on your road to recovery!

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 An evidence-based exercise protocol is a valuable tool for treating Achilles Tendonitis and maintaining your ankle strength. These exercises are proven to increase your flexibility, range of motion, and calf muscle strength. In addition, patients should perform exercises with an instructor’s supervision to enhance the therapeutic effect. Most importantly it will give you the knowledge and tools you need to help prevent this from happening again. Your exercise program should also target the functional and biomechanical characteristics of the hip, knee, and ankle joints.

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Physical therapy for Achilles Tendon injuries has been scientifically proven to help patients recover from Achilles tendinitis avoiding more invasive treatment methods. During the first stage of treatment, your therapist will focus on reducing pain and restoring the range of motion to your ankle joint. Your therapist will also prescribe exercises that improve flexibility and mobility that you can do at home in between treatment sessions. Once your pain levels improve, a strengthening program; specifically “eccentric” strengthening involving all of the ankle and lower leg muscles will follow. You may also be recommended an orthotic device, that can be placed in your shoe in order to relieve some pain and tension. If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort while performing activities, consult our physical therapist to alleviate the pain. Book your appointment today!

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