Achilles tendonitis is a repetitive use injury that is common among athletes such as runners. Early treatment can help you get back to your physical best in the least amount of time.
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Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that occurs when the tendon connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle becomes inflamed. It is commonly caused by repetitive strain, such as running or jumping, which can put pressure on the Achilles tendon.
There are two types of Achilles tendonitis. The terms are used to describe where the tendonitis has occurred. It is possible to have both forms of tendonitis at the same time.
Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis affects the middle and upper part of the tendon. It is common in young athletes, particularly runners.
Insertional tendonitis occurs when the large Achilles tendon connects to the heel.
Achilles tendinitis is usually caused by repetitive stress on a tendon. The condition does not usually occur through a single injury, like an Achilles tendon rupture. There are several reasons why you may get Achilles tendonitis. Some of the causes of Achilles tendinitis are listed below.
There are several symptoms related to tendonitis. Some of the common symptoms related to Achilles tendonitis include the following:
A trained physician can help you treat Achilles tendonitis. While it is not an emergency situation, treatment can help you get back to your daily activities or level of sport.
You should see a doctor immediately if you hear a sudden pop in the back of your heel or calf. This may indicate an Achilles rupture.
Your doctor will begin with a physical exam, looking for swelling and the calcification of tendons. The following imaging tests may also be used to diagnose Achilles tendonitis.
It will usually take at least 3 months to recover from Achilles tendonitis with treatment. There are non-surgical and surgical treatments available to deal with this type of injury.
Most cases of Achilles tendonitis can be treated with non-surgical treatments. The following non-surgical treatments may be recommended to treat Achilles tendinitis:
If there are no improvements to Achilles tendinitis after 6 months, Achilles tendinitis surgery may be recommended. The following surgical treatments may be used to treat Achilles tendonitis:
If you require treatment for Achilles tendonitis, make an appointment with our expert surgeons at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center. Our foot and ankle specialists in Columbus, OH are prepared to give you the attention you deserve. Contact us today!
Medically Reviewed by: Roberto A. Brandão, DPM, FACFAS