Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon (the tendon at the back of the ankle that connects your heel to your calf) becomes inflamed. It is characterized by pain and swelling above the back of the heel when running or walking. As it progresses, it can make climbing stairs, or any movement involving the foot and ankle, very difficult.
If left untreated, the inflammation can worsen and become chronic. However, with proper attention by a foot specialist, it can be treated, managed and prevented from reoccurring.
Common signs and symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are:
Signs of inflammation and damage caused by Achilles tendonitis may appear in an MRI or ultrasound.
The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are non-specific and can often be mistaken for other conditions. If you have persistent heel or ankle pain, schedule an assessment with one of our foot specialists to identify the cause.
The Achilles tendon is the largest, strongest and one of the most important tendons in your body: Any movement of the toes, ankle, heel and calf involves the Achilles tendon. It also absorbs a lot of force every time you bear weight on your toes and feet (i.e.: walking, running, jumping, standing on your toes). Despite the Achilles tendon’s heavy workload, it receives relatively poor blood supply. This makes it very vulnerable to injury.
Achilles tendonitis develops when this tendon is overworked due to persistent strain. This can be caused or contributed to by:
Without proper treatment, Achilles tendonitis can turn into a more chronic condition called Achilles tendonosis. Achilles tendinosis is characterized by non-inflammatory degeneration of the tendon. It is usually caused by repetitive trauma and inadequate healing. In worst case scenarios, the Achilles tendon may rupture or tear.
Often, nearby structures can be the cause of the problem, so it is important to have a foot specialist treat the condition appropriately.
For another common cause of heel pain, see plantar fasciitis.
If you have persistent heel or ankle pain, schedule a diagnostic assessment at our Toronto foot clinic to identify the cause of pain. To schedule an assessment use our online booking form or call 416-769-FEET(3338). You do not need a referral to become a patient at our clinic.
Because of the important role the Achilles tendon plays in our movement, it is important to treat Achilles tendonitis as early as possible to prevent complications.
Achilles tendonitis treatment may include:
Early proactive treatment of Achilles tendonitis will go a long way toward full recovery. If you have persistent heel or ankle pain, schedule an assessment with one of our foot specialists to identify the cause of the pain and find a treatment plan that works best for you. (Click here for more information about what happens during a Foot Assessment at Feet First Clinic).
You do not need a referral to become a patient at our Foot clinic.
We also offer a large selection of supportive footwear, Superfeet insoles, and compression sleeves for Achilles tendonitis (see our Products).
Our Toronto foot clinic is open 7 days a week. Contact us for more for information about how we can help treat your Achilles tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis is often a repetitive strain injury. Although anyone can get it, the following risk factors increase strain on the tendon, therefore making you more vulnerable to developing Achilles tendonitis:
There are a number of things you can do to prevent Achilles tendonitis:
You can start by trying some of these stretches from VeryWellFit. For more information about stretching, check out our blog article on “The Perfect Stretching Routine”.
These activities are not just effective at preventing Achilles tendonitis; they are good for us in general. Even if you’re not at risk for Achilles tendonitis, these are great things you can do to prevent injury in other areas of your body.
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