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Achilles Tendonitis

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Overuse of the Achilles Tendon

Achilles Tendonitis is caused by overusing the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel bone to the calf muscles in the back of the leg. It is most common in runners who have increased the length of time or the intensity of their workouts. The tendon weakens with age, making older people more likely to injure the tendon. It is also very common in middle-aged people who play sports only once in a while.

The symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis usually starts with a slight pain in the back of the leg after running or other physical activities. The pain can become worse if you continue to run or perform other activities that use the leg muscles a lot. After resting for a while, the area can also feel tender or very stiff, which seem to diminish somewhat in association with a little activity.

Most cases of tendinitis can be treated at home with the supervision of a doctor. Consulting with a physician from the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta is a great option when you need help managing tendinitis. The at-home treatment consists of using the acronym R.I.C.E., which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You will need to avoid exercise until the tendon has healed, and you will want to apply ice to the area for about fifteen minutes to decrease pain and swelling. Wearing a walking boot or wrapping the area with elastic bandages can help prevent the tendon from moving so that it can heal sooner. You will also want to keep the area elevated to reduce swelling.

More serious cases of Achilles tendonitis can cause ruptures that may need surgery to repair. You should see one of our doctors if you experience persistent pain to establish a treatment plan, which may entail prescription of stronger medications to help reduce the pain and inflammation of the tendon. They may also suggest physical therapy to strengthen the tendon so that it can heal and reduce future harm to the tendon. A shoe insert can help cushion the tendon so that less force is exerted onto it during exercise. If none of these treatments help, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.

If you need a doctor to help with your tendinitis, call Heel Pain Center of Atlanta today. They have a staff of skilled doctors and nurses that are trained in helping people who have tendinitis and other heel problems. They will get you “back on your feet” so that you can pursue an exercise regimen designed to reduce the likeliness that your tendinitis symptoms will reoccur again in the future.