An Achilles tendon injury can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it may be difficult to walk. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel, which can become injured for various reasons. It is considered to be the strongest tendon in the body, and provides the ability to walk, run, and jump. A common reason for this type of injury to occur can be from increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, or from experiencing a trauma. This can consist of getting a deep cut over the tendon, possibly causing it to tear. Additionally, people who do not warm up and cool down properly before and after exercising may be prone to developing an Achilles tendon injury. Taking certain antibiotics, and becoming older may also lead to having this injury. Relief may be found when the foot is frequently elevated, and the activity that caused the pain is temporarily stopped. If you have this type of affliction, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat an Achilles tendon injury.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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 Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.