What are Achilles Tendon Injuries?

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The Achilles tendon connects the Gastro-soleus muscle complex (calf muscle) to the foot via connecting at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus) at an area called the tendon insertion.  The main purpose of this complex is to contract at the point when the entire foot is in full contact with the ground during walking or distance running.

  1. Tendinitis– inflammation around and within the sheath (covering) of the tendon- can occur at the attachment of the tendon to the heel (insertional tendonitis), at the ‘cord’ (midsubstance tendonitis) or the muscle to tendon junction (myotendinous tendonitis)
  2. Tendinosis– inflammation and scarring and degeneration of the internal fibers of the tendon; a more serious condition
  3. Ruptures– these can be partial (portions of the tendon fibers), complete ruptures, and can occur slowly over a period of time (chronic, progressive), can occur suddenly from violent trauma (acute) or the tendon can slowly be degenerating and then tear completely (acute tear on chronic degradation)

Causes of Achilles Tendon Injuries

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Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendon

Pain along the Achilles Tendon

This is often the first symptom, typically felt as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel, especially after running or other sports activity

Increased Pain

Increased Pain after Prolonged Running, Stair Climbing, or Sprinting. Activities that place more stress on the Achilles tendon can exacerbate pain

Tenderness or Stiffness

Especially noticeable in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity

Severe Pain

This can occur along the tendon or at the back of the heel after an injury, which might indicate a rupture

Swelling or Thickening

This can occur along the tendon or near the heel

Difficulty Flexing the Foot

An injured Achilles tendon can make flexing the foot downward (plantar flexion) painful or impossible

Limited Range of Motion

Limited Range of Motion when flexing the foot. Difficulty moving or bending the foot and ankle is a common symptom

Weakness in the Ankle

This might be experienced when trying to stand on the toes or while walking

Visible Deformity

In the case of a complete rupture, a gap may be felt in the tendon, just above the heel bone

Achilles Tendon Injuries and TREATMENT

  1. Achilles Tendonitis Treatment: Say goodbye to Achilles pain with our effective treatment options. Schedule an appointment today to get back on your feet!
  2. Achilles Tendon Rupture SurgeryOur podiatrists are experts in Achilles tendon repair surgery. Get back to your active lifestyle with our help.
  3. Achilles Tendonitis Surgery: If conservative treatments aren’t enough, we offer surgical options for Achilles tendonitis. Learn more about our procedures.
  4. Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms: Don’t ignore pain in your Achilles tendon. Learn about common symptoms and get the treatment you need to prevent further damage.
  5. Achilles Tendonitis Causes: Discover the underlying causes of Achilles tendonitis and how our podiatrists can help you find relief.
  6. Achilles Tendinopathy Treatment: Our comprehensive approach to Achilles tendinopathy treatment includes custom orthotics, physical therapy, and more.
  7. Achilles Tendinopathy Symptoms: Are you experiencing Achilles tendinopathy symptoms? Let our experienced podiatrists diagnose and treat your condition.
  8. Achilles Tendinopathy Causes: From overuse to improper footwear, many factors can contribute to Achilles tendinopathy. Learn about the common causes and how we can help.
  9. Addressing any abnormal biomechanics is key. Use of proper supportive shoegear, prescription orthotics, proper stretching, and occasionally use of a resting/night splint are all important treatments. During the period of recovery, cross training and reduced high impact activity helps.
  10. Reducing the symptomatic inflammation– icing, physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound and ultrasound. It is against medical standard of care to inject the Achilles tendon with cortisone

If patients do not respond to conservative treatment, further diagnosis with MRI is warranted.

Surgical treatments include Radiofrequency microdebridement (Topaz), open surgical debridement, repair of any partial or complete tears and removal of any calcifications or spurring of the tendon to heel bone interface.

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Third, the clinic offers innovative treatments that are not available in other podiatry clinics. They use advanced techniques such as regenerative medicine, laser therapy, and shockwave therapy to treat foot and ankle conditions. These treatments are non-invasive and have been proven to be effective in treating various foot problems. 

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