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Achilles Pain Will Stop You From Moving!

The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in your body. It enables you to walk, run, rise on your toes or even get out of a chair. Pain or injury here can stop you in your tracks making it a pretty important part of your foot!

Also known as the calcaneal tendon, it connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It handles a stress load of almost four times your body weight while walking and almost eight times your body weight while running. This tendon stabilizes the ankle, providing balance while doing these types of activities.

Even though the Achilles is designed to withstand an incredible amount of stress, there is a limit on how much it can bear. The high amount of tension and overuse it often endures increases the risk of injury.

Achilles Tendon Conditions

It is most commonly poor muscle support and overuse that cause injury to the Achilles tendon. It can become irritated, inflamed, torn or even completely ruptured. Due to its importance, an injury can be extremely painful and significantly reduce a patient’s mobility.

Dr. Pinsker treats all problems related to the foot and ankle. There are several types of injuries that can happen to the Achilles tendon--here are the most common:

  • Achilles Tendon Tear - Tiny microscopic tears can develop in the tendon suddenly or over the course of time. These small tears can cause pain, swelling and limited mobility.
  • Achilles Tendon RuptureA complete rupture is a serious injury that causes a lot of pain and swelling. Patients often hear a “popping” sound at the time of the injury. Treatment often includes surgery and immobilization of the ankle for an extended period of time.
  • Achilles Tendonitis - A lot of activity can result in inflammation, stiffness and pain at the back of the heel. This condition typically resolves over time with rest, ice and stretching.
  • Achilles TendonosisWhen tendonitis progresses to a degeneration of the tendon it is labeled as tendonosis. This involves a gradual thickening of the tendon, causing it to further weaken and become prone to tearing or rupture.
  • Achilles BursitisThe bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that cushions the Achilles where it attaches to the heel bone. Certain shoes and activities can irritate the bursa causing pain and inflammation.
  • Peroneal Tendon Dislocation/Dysfunction - The peroneal tendons are located near the Achilles. They originate on the outside of the calves and run down to connect to two areas on your foot in order to support the arch of your foot. They are also vulnerable to tears and tendonitis similar to the Achilles and can happen suddenly or over time.
  • Xanthomas of the Achilles Tendon - A xanthoma is a cholesterol deposit. High levels of cholesterol can lead to small deposits resembling little bumps forming within the tendon itself.

Preventing Achilles Problems

Early treatment is key to resolving pain and preventing this condition from becoming worse. If you are an athlete involved in activities with repetitive movements, such as running and jumping, prevent Achilles problems by taking things slowly. Increase training incrementally to avoid overuse on the tendon, perform appropriate stretching exercises and consider the use of orthotics to keep feet supported and stable.

If you have pain at the back of your heel, our office has several conservative treatment options to help resolve your symptoms. We want to help you avoid further injury, which could result in surgery or prolonged treatment. Call our office today and allow us to help you get back into motion! (724) 225-7410.