Achilles Tendonitis Can Hit Professional Athletes and Weekend Warriors
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and runs down the back of your lower leg, connecting the heel to the calf muscle. This tendon helps us with all motions including walking, jumping and running. The Achilles tendon is thick and strong enough to withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or greater! But it is also the most commonly injured tendon because of athletic injuries.
Because of overuse, an injury or stress, or degeneration, this tendon can become inflamed. You will know when you have damaged your Achilles tendon – here are some common symptoms:
Diagnosing and Treating Achilles Tendonitis
To diagnose Achilles tendonitis, we will assess your level of pain and swelling in the back of your heel and lower calf. We’ll ask you to stand on your toes, as this can be extremely painful and almost impossible with this type of injury.
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis can include:
In severe cases that don’t respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary. If you think you may be suffering from an injury contact Cornerstone Foot & Ankle today!
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