Many people who experience an Achilles tendon tear are often in severe pain. This type of injury can fall into two categories, consisting of a partial or complete rupture, and can also be known as a tear. Middle-aged people who infrequently participate in sporting activities may be prone to getting an Achilles tendon injury, which may happen from accelerating speed and intensity too quickly. The Achilles tendon is found in the calf, and its function is to connect the calf muscles to the heel. Common symptoms that are associated with this type of injury include a sharp and sudden pain in the calf or heel, and it may be followed by an inability to walk. If the tendon is torn, surgery may be necessary for a permanent repair. A partial tear may be helped by performing specific stretches which may promote healing. If there are previous tears, the likelihood of getting another Achilles tendon injury may increase, and it is suggested that precautionary measures be taken. Patients who have this type of injury are urged to seek counsel from a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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