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The Achilles tendon is located in the lower portion of the back of the leg, and it connects the calf muscles to the heel. An injury can cause this tendon to partially or completely tear and this can happen as a result of repetitive stress on the feet and ankles. This can occur from increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, and the symptoms are generally immediate. These can include hearing a popping sound when the injury happens, and it is often impossible to move the ankle. Additionally, the pain is typically in the back of the leg, and it may be swollen. There is another type of Achilles tendon injury that is known as Achilles tendinitis. Some fibers are found inside this tendon, and non-insertional Achilles tendinitis occurs when the fibers in the middle of the tendon are affected. Intense physical activity may cause insertional Achilles tendinitis to happen, which affects the fibers in the lower area of the tendon. If you have developed an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

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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