Achilles Tendinopathy and What To Do About It
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Achilles Tendinopathy is a condition that affects the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. The tendon is responsible for helping you lift your heels off the ground when you walk or run.
Achilles Tendinopathy is a common overuse injury that occurs when the tendon is repeatedly stressed and strained, leading to inflammation and pain. It is most commonly seen in people who participate in high-impact sports or activities, such as running, basketball, or tennis, but it can also occur in people who engage in less strenuous activities if they have poor biomechanics or do not properly warm up before exercise.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy include pain and stiffness in the tendon, particularly after exercising or when the tendon is under stress. The pain may also be present when the tendon is not being used, such as when you are resting or sleeping. The affected area may also feel tender to the touch and may swell.
Treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy typically involves a combination of rest, ice, and physical therapy to reduce inflammation and improve flexibility and strength in the tendon. Stretching and strengthening exercises, such as calf raises and toe raises, can help improve the function of the tendon and prevent future injuries. Be careful not to do too much too soon though as you can make it worse. That is why it is very important to consult with a physical therapist who can help you understand what order to do certain exercises on and when you need to progress or regress. In severe cases, a corticosteroid injection may be necessary to reduce inflammation.
It is important to address Achilles Tendinopathy as soon as possible to prevent the condition from worsening and potentially leading to a more serious injury, such as a tendon rupture. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your Achilles tendon, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Preventing Achilles Tendinopathy involves taking proper care of your feet and ankles and gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your physical activity. Wearing proper footwear and using proper technique during exercise can also help reduce the risk of developing this condition.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your Achilles tendon, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent the condition from worsening and potentially leading to a more serious injury. With proper treatment and prevention measures, you can get back to your normal activities and enjoy a pain-free life. Click here to get a free assessment and evaluation from our phenomenal team of physical therapists!