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Despite its association with strength, the Achilles tendon is susceptible to injury which can lead to discomfort and impair mobility. Several factors contribute to the development of Achilles tendonitis, including wearing improper footwear, overexertion during activities like speed or mountain running, and insufficient recovery time between training sessions. Other causes can include incorrect loading of weight on the legs or feet, poor running technique, and a lack of proper warm-up exercises. These factors collectively strain this strong tendon, leading to micro-tears in its structure. If left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can progress through various stages of severity. Initially, Achilles tendonitis may cause discomfort during activity or mild pain, which diminishes with rest and conservative measures. However, as the condition progresses, symptoms worsen, with visible changes in the tendon’s structure and increased pain levels. Scar tissue formation and a loss of full functionality characterize the advanced stage of this injury. If you are experiencing Achilles tendon pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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