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Stages of an Achilles Tendon Injury

Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

If you experience pain and discomfort in the back of your calf, you may have injured your Achilles tendon. This can happen as a result of wearing improper footwear, running on varied surfaces, or performing explosive movements that consist of jumping and pushing off of your feet. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this include increased stiffness, soreness, and difficulty walking. Forms of this type of injury include an Achilles tendon rupture, which is also known as a tear, and Achilles tendonitis, which occurs as a result of inflammation. There are typically different stages in Achilles tendon injuries. The first stage is often represented by discomfort that is felt after sleeping. Severe pain is indicative of the second and third stages, and it often affects any type of running that is performed. The last stage occurs when the pain becomes unmanageable, and accomplishing daily activities is difficult. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and Mcconnellsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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