Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is a condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel.As the  largest  tendon is the largest tendon in the body, the achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the heel bone. It is used when you walk, run, and jump. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, tendinitis is generally caused by degeneration and overuse.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of achilles tendinitis include, pain and stiffness along the tendon, severe pain after exercising, bone spurs, thickening of the tendon or swelling.

Treatment Options

Nonsurgical treatment options will provide pain relief, however it may take a few months for the pain to subside.  Pain relief options include rest, icing the tendon, anti-inflammatory medication and exercises.

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