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The Strong Achilles Tendon

A common Achilles tendon injury is called Achilles tendinopathy. This is defined as damage that occurs in the Achilles tendon, which is located in the calf. The function of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscles to the heels. It is known as the strongest and thickest tendon in the body, and is responsible for walking, running, or jumping movements. A sports mishap can result in a serious Achilles tendon injury. Achilles tendinopathy occurs when this tendon has become irritated and inflamed, and often causes severe pain and discomfort. Many people can experience this type of injury from increasing speed and mileage too quickly while running, in addition to eliminating a proper warm-up and cool-down. Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may result in experiencing this type of injury, and this may put excess stress on the heels. The common symptoms many people have include swelling that appears at the back of the ankle, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to point and flex the foot. If you have endured this type of injury, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with effective relief methods.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Mark Majeski, DPM of Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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