In Achilles Tendinitis, pain and swelling are generally localized to the Achilles tendon. Patients with Achilles' tendinitis have pain during activity especially on an icline. Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.
Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It's also common in middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball.
Most cases of Achilles tendinitis can be treated with relatively simple, at-home care. Self-care modalities are usually necessary to prevent recurring episodes. More-serious cases of Achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears or ruptures that may require surgical repair.
Some of the other common causes of Achilles tendinitis include, recent weight gain, ankle equinus (elevated heel from the floor) or change in heel height may predispose someone to this condition.
Corey's Bootery Certified Pedorthist Recommendations:
In patients with Achilles tendinitis, a shoe with a higher heel to lift the rearfoot and reduce stress on the Achilles tendon, temporary heel lifts, rocker soles and functional orthoses. If you suspect you may have Achilles tendinitis, we also recommend a consultation with your podiatrist/orthopedist for a prescription. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.