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785 East Royalton Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
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Parma, OH 44129
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Achilles Tendonitis

Pain in the red area of this photo may be a sign of Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain in the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone (Mayo Clinic 2021). This is typically very treatable with at-home care under supervision of your podiatrist. There are a few causes and symptoms of achilles tendonitis to look out for.

Achilles tendonitis is very common for runners who have increased intensity or duration of their runs. It is also common for middle-aged adults who are active in various sports. The pain typically starts out as a slight ache in the back of the leg or just above the heel. This pain can be experienced after physical activity. It is common to experience stiffness or tenderness in the morning which usually subsides with light activity. If the pain is consistent you may want to call a doctor.

This is caused by continuous strain on the Achilles tendon. This tendon weakens with age, making it more susceptible to injury. There are a number of factors that can contribute to Achilles tendonitis such as training choices, age, medications and physical problems. As the tendon weakens, it becomes more vulnerable to tear which usually requires surgery to repair it.

There are ways to reduce the risk of Achilles tendonitis. Increasing your training level gradually instead of starting with a high intensity can be a huge help. Be cautious when it comes to activities that may cause increased strain on the tendon such as hill running. You should also be mindful of the type of shoes you wear. The shoes you wear while exercising should provide adequate cushioning for your heel and should have a firm arch support to help reduce the tension in the Achilles tendon (Mayo Clinic 2021). Stretching daily and strengthening your calf muscles will also reduce the risk.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or pains, contact a doctor today.

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