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Achilles tendonitis is a condition that involves inflammation and irritation of the Achilles tendon, which is the large tendon located at the back of the ankle and heel. This tendon is crucial for walking, running, and jumping as it connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is commonly caused by repetitive stress to the tendon, often seen in runners and athletes who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their workouts. Other contributing factors can include wearing improper footwear, having tight calf muscles, or an abnormal foot structure.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis typically include pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning, pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity, and thickening of the tendon. There may also be mild swelling.
It’s important to address Achilles tendonitis promptly. Left untreated, the tendon can weaken and become more susceptible to tears or rupture. Treatment often involves rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. Consulting a healthcare professional can help determine the best course of action based on the severity of the condition.Book now