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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

It’s the time of the year when The Foot & Ankle Center, PC sees an uptick in the number of patients with Achilles tendon problems. Why? The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. Although it is one of the strongest tendons in your body, it is also one of the most frequently injured. The most common cause of Achilles tendon conditions is sudden, rapid increase in the use of this tendon—as happens during walking, running or other physical exercise. People who want to jump start their New Year’s resolution to get in shape and are doing too much too soon are at risk for injuring their Achilles tendons.

Signs that You’ve Gone Too Far

Achilles tendon disorders fall into two categories: aggravation and rupture. When the tendon has become inflamed, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Pain and soreness—this can take the form of aching, tenderness or stiffness anywhere along the tendon. The pain may be most severe when you first get up in the morning or after resting your leg. It can come and go, getting better with moderate activity but worse with exercise.
  • Tenderness to the touch—when you squeeze the side of the tendon it will feel tender and sometimes even extremely painful.
  • A sluggish feeling in your leg—general fatigue and tiredness in the tendon.
  • Enlargement—left untreated, the tendon may swell and even develop nodules in areas of damaged tissue.

A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon and is usually associated with a specific moment like a strong push off in running, a forceful jump, or pivot on your foot. At the time that a rupture occurs, you may experience a sudden sharp pain in the back of your ankle or calf and perhaps experience a snapping or popping sensation. The back of your lower leg may swell and it will be difficult to walk, particularly up hill.

Prevention Pointers

The best way to prevent an Achilles tendon injury when starting any activity is by increasing both intensity and duration slowly and gradually. Always stretch your calf muscles before and after exercise and if you feel pain—stop! Make an appointment out our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess the condition of your Achilles tendon and make the appropriate recommendations to heal and/or prevent further damage.










 

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