What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This inflammation is typically short lived. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more. It also is the most frequently ruptured tendon, usually as a result of a sports injury.
Achilles tendonitis is usually caused by an, overuse or a sudden increase of a repetitive activity involving the Achilles tendon. Such activity puts too much stress on the tendon too quickly, leading to micro injury of the tendon fibers. Due to this ongoing stress on the tendon, the body is unable to repair the injured tissue. The structure of the tendon is then altered, resulting in continued pain.
Pain, redness and swelling behind the heel . Thickening of the tendon . Morning pain about an inch and a half above the point Where Achilles tendon is attached to the heel bone.
Achilles tendonitis diagnosis is made by clinical examination and complete history by your foot doctor. You may also require x-rays as well as an MRI to help determine the severity of the damage to the tendon.
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