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Common Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body, plays an essential role in facilitating movement and stability in the lower extremities. When injured, this vital structure can cause significant discomfort and impairment. One common symptom of an Achilles tendon injury is pain and stiffness along the back of the heel or calf, particularly during physical activity or when stretching the foot. Swelling and tenderness may also be present in the affected area, accompanied by a sensation of warmth or redness. In some cases, individuals may experience a noticeable decrease in strength or flexibility in the ankle joint. Achilles tendon injuries can range from mild strains to more severe conditions, such as tendonitis or ruptures, which may require medical intervention for proper management and healing. Recognizing these symptoms is vital for a prompt diagnosis and treatment. If you have endured this type of injury, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can begin the appropriate treatment method.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Jennifer M. Kern, DPM of South Carolina. 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 office located in West Columbia, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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