What is it?
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. A patient will experience pain, inflammation, tightness, or swelling of the Achilles tendon (back of the ankle). This is one of the most common sport injuries that can affect both the feet and ankles.
What is the Cause?
Achilles Tendonitis is typically caused from overuse of the calf muscle, over-pronation or changes in daily activities. This can be caused from any repeated activity or exercise that strains the Achilles tendon. If Achilles tendonitis is not caught early and properly treated, it can lead to Achilles rupture, which will cause a sharp pain in the heal area and may require surgical intervention.
Unfortunately, Achilles Tendonitis can take a long time to heal. Proper treatment includes: icing the affected area to reduce inflammation, anti-inflammatories, calf stretching, night splints and custom orthotics. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can assess the symptoms and put together a treatment plan based on the patient’s individual needs.