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Symptoms Of An Achilles Tendon Injury

Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the leg and its purpose is to connect the calf muscle to the heel. If an inflammation should occur as a result of an injury to this tendon, you may experience difficulty in pointing and flexing your toes in addition to severe pain while walking or running. There are several causes why this may occur, including running uphill frequently, which may cause the tendon to be overused, activities such as jumping and running, which may tear the tendon, or having flat feet, which may make the feet turn inward, possibly putting pressure on the tendon. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, you will most likely notice symptoms that may include swelling and tenderness in the back of the heel, or struggling to rise on your tiptoes because of the pain that may be present in the back of the ankle. If you have injured your foot and think it may be an Achilles tendon tear, it’s advised to speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible to discuss correct treatment options for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Murad M. Abdel-qader of Advanced Family Foot Care Centers. 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 San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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