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The Ins and Outs of Achilles Tendonitis Atlanta, GA
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The Achilles tendon is one of the most important structures in the human body. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and allows us to perform activities such as walking, running and jumping. Because of its crucial role in movement, any injury to the Achilles tendon can be debilitating. One of the most common injuries affecting the Achilles tendon is Achilles tendonitis.

Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians treats many patients with Achilles tendonitis. Let’s explore the condition’s details and what we can do to help.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, either due to overuse or injury. It can be acute, which means it develops suddenly and is usually caused by a specific event, or chronic, which means it develops gradually over time.

Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain and stiffness in the back of the ankle, especially in the morning or after prolonged sitting or standing. The area around the Achilles tendon may also be swollen and tender to the touch. In severe cases, the tendon may become weakened and may even tear, which can lead to a complete rupture of the tendon.

Risks of Developing Achilles Tendonitis

Several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing Achilles tendonitis. These include participating in activities that involve repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon, such as running or jumping. Other factors include tight calf muscles, wearing improper footwear, and having a history of injury to the Achilles tendon.

If you suspect that you may have Achilles tendonitis, it is important to seek an evaluation at the nearest Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians location as soon as possible. Your specialist may recommend rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) to help reduce pain and swelling. They may also recommend physical therapy to help stretch and strengthen the muscles in your calf and ankle.

In addition to these treatments, there are several things you can do at home to help manage the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. These include stretching your calf muscles regularly, using proper footwear that provides adequate support and avoiding activities that put excessive stress on the Achilles tendon.

In severe cases of Achilles tendonitis, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tendon. However, most cases can be successfully treated with conservative measures such as rest and physical therapy.

Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that can be caused by overuse or injury. If you suspect that you may have Achilles tendonitis, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. With proper treatment and self-care, most people with Achilles tendonitis are able to recover fully and return to their normal activities.

Contact the nearest location of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians and schedule an exam. One of our specialists can quickly diagnose this or other conditions and recommend the best treatment to return your full pain-free mobility.

Posted on behalf of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians

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