Achilles Tendinitis Treatment

Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.

Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is also prone to tendinitis, a condition associated with overuse and degeneration.

Symptoms & Causes

Symptoms

  • Pain and stiffness in the achilles tendon region during the morning
  • Pain across the tendon or the back of the heel that worsens with activity
  • Considerable pain the day after activity or exercise
  • Swelling in the achilles tendon region that maintains throughout the day and increases with activity
  • Development of Bone Spur

Causes

Achilles tendinitis can occur for a number of reasons, one of which is over-doing an activity that ends up causeing repetitive strain to the tendon. Other reasons include; increasing the amount or intensity of a physicial exercise activity, having tight calf muscles during intensive activities or experiencing extra bone growth in the form of a bone spur.

Treatment

Non-surgical Treatment

There are a number of options available for treating achilles tendinitis that will give pain relief. It is important to note that it may take up to 3 to 6 months before treatment methods take effect.

  • Reducing or stopping the activities that were increasing the pain. Switching from high-impact, intensive exercises and activities to less strenous activities will lessen the stress on the achilles tendon.
  • Applying ice on the area of the achilles tendon that is most painful throughout the day can help with pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory medicaion may be helpful in some patients
  • Using supportive shoes with soft heels and heel lifts can help reduce the stress on the tendon

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be a viable option in patients that have had pain and treatment for 6 months without any improvement. Our team will decide on the most suitable type of surgery depending on the specific location of the achilles tendinitis and the extent of damage to the tendon.

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