WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDINITIS?

Achilles tendinitis is a syndrome of irritation of the Achilles tendon in the ankle. The Achilles tendon is the large tendon in the back of the ankle that inserts into the heel bone. When individuals overuse their Achilles tendon it becomes irritated and inflamed. This inflammation can cause pain and swelling. Furthermore, this can lead to small tears within the tendon and make the Achilles tendon susceptible to rupture

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Achilles tendinitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Incorrect posture at work or home or poor stretching or conditioning before exercise or playing sports also increases the risk.

HOW TO PREVENT ACHILLES TENDINITIS?

To prevent Achilles tendinitis, take the activity slow at first and gradually build up the activity level. Use limited force and limited repetitions and stop if unusual pain occurs.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Initial treatment of Achilles tendinitis includes avoiding activities that aggravate the problem, resting the injured area, icing the area the day of the injury and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. If the condition does not improve more advanced treatments is needed. These include corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.

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