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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendon is a vital part of the lower limb that connects the back of the leg with your heel. Achilles Tendonitis (or Achilles Tendonosis) is characterized by the swelling and pain in this connecting area of leg and heel; thereby greatly compromising the quality of lower limb motion.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon is a fibrous band of tissue that links the muscles of the calf to the heel. When it is overused or damaged, as it can bear a lot of stress and pressure during everyday activities, it can cause pain, and also gradually get thicker and harder, if left untreated. This is pain is called Achilles Tendonitis. There are two different types of Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Noninsertional Achilles Tendonitis - small tears in the middle fibres of the tendon start to break it down. Usually seen in younger, active adults. 
  • Insertional Achilles Tendonitis - affects the lower portion of the tendon where it attaches to the heel bone. Can form bone spurs. Can happen in any age range. 

Achilles Tendonitis

Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Classic presentation of Achilles Tendonitis is specific for these symptoms:

  • Pain in foot especially in the heel region
  • Stiffening in foot at morning time
  • Burning sensation on touching
  • Pain on standing
  • Swelling

Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

Most notable causes of Achilles Tendonitis includes:

  • a sudden increase in workload across the lower limb,
  • aggressive tightening of calf muscles,
  • running or walking over the hard surfaces,
  • sudden activity or motion of foot etc.

In addition, basketball players who jump over the hard surfaces as well as other sports personnel are more likely to develop this condition.

Certain risk factors can increase the risk of developing Achilles Tendonitis; such as individuals who perform highly demanding physical activities, individuals with a history of any injury or serious accidents or tearing of foot muscles.

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