The tendon that links the calf muscles to the heel bone is referred to as the Achilles tendon or the calcaneal tendon. It is known to be the largest tendon in the body and allows activities such as pointing and flexing to be possible. This function is necessary to walk, run, and jump, and if the Achilles tendon should endure a tear, these activities would be difficult to accomplish. There are several reasons why this particular tendon may become injured, including pushing off suddenly while beginning to run, overcompensation the tendon may undergo if a fall should occur, or suddenly stepping off of a curb. The symptoms that are associated with this condition typically include severe pain and discomfort in the back of the heel, an inability to stand on the tiptoes in addition to not being able to point and flex the toes. If you have endured an injury and you feel the Achilles tendon is torn, please speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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