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Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.  Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of this tendon and is among the most commonly affected.

The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis could include tenderness to severe pain at the back of the heel to about 1 ½ inches above the heel bone; mild to severe swelling that worsens with activity; stiffness that eases up with activity and thickening or nodules on the tendon.

The causes of Achilles tendonitis can be from overuse or sudden increase in repetitive motion involving the Achilles tendon (such as runners who rapidly increase mileage or speed or, “weekend warriors”); degeneration due to aging (tendonosis); or conditions such as excessive pronation, rheumatoid arthritis or trauma.  Tendonosis may, in rare cases, result in the rupture of the tendon. 

The doctors at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds approach the treatment for Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis on the basis of how long the injury has been present and the degree of damage to the tendon.  The treatment could include any of the following such as immobilization (a walking boot); anti-inflammatory (non-steroidal) medication; custom molded orthotics; rest; icing the area involved to reduce inflammation; ultrasound to the Achilles tendon; physical therapy; steroid injections; and lastly, surgery when other treatments are not effective.

Drs Wardle, O’Rourke and Nilson will help prevent future incidents of Achilles tendonitis by providing stretches for the calf muscles; cross-training ideas and helping in the selection of proper shoes and socks.

Contact Ankle & Foot of Edmonds to schedule an appointment for Achilles Tendonitis

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