Achilles Tendonitis

The body’s strongest tendon, the Achilles tendon is commonly injured during athletic activity. At some point, many athletes become familiar with persistent pain and soreness below the calf, known as Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles Tendonitis Video

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by:

  • Overexerting the calf muscle, especially when climbing or running uphill
  • Inadequate stretching before running exercise, or pushing your pace or mileage beyond your fitness level
  • Flexing the calf muscle suddenly, or with intense force

If you’ve suffered an injury to the Achilles tendon, you may feel pain after exercise. Here are some other symptoms:

  • Pain along the tendon that comes and goes during or after exercise
  • Upon waking, a tender spot slightly above the heel, where the tendon is attached
  • Weakness, swelling or stiffness in your lower leg and calf

Common treatments include:

  • Ice
  • Wrapping the tendon in effort to limit its movement
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Footwear inserts—called orthotics—that reduce strain on the tendon and surrounding muscle
  • Rest from sports that could injure the tendon, and/or building strength in the muscles along the shin
  • Physical medicine to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling
  • Surgery is indicated in extreme cases

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