Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

A condition identified by the presence of pain behind the heel originating in the Achilles tendonitis, the most important tendon in the calf region. The terms tendinitis, tendinosis, and tendinopathy relate to the stage including the severity of the disease. The Achilles tendon is the most commonly injured tendon among the runners.

How does it work?

The Achilles tendonitis is the cord-like tissue resided behind the ankle that joins the calf into the heel. Among its fibers creating a spiral structure, that is one of the strongest tendons in the body and it performs a significant role in the movement. We have the Achilles tendon to thank for staying fit to stand upright seemingly effortlessly. If we run, the Achilles tendonitis springs in response to propel us forward by ease. It further plays a pivotal purpose in supporting us to jump. Eventually, it greatly assists absorb the impact sustained by the foot. But this “supertendon” also has its weak points. The blood supply to the Achilles tendon is poorly. As a result, it is more prone to injury and heals relatively slowly. When the Achilles tendonitis is suffers repeated and excessive force, microtears can form, leading to inflammation.

Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis

Pain back the heel either ankle pain usually happens right after rest or if you take your first steps in the morning also worsens after physical activity, while walking up or downstairs or inclined surfaces, and during running on uneven area. That Achilles tendon may thicken or form a bump and there may be become redness and swelling.

Diagnostic of Achilles Tendonitis

The diagnose must be conduct  X-rays first on the Achilles tendon to analyze for calcium deposits including bone spurs. X-rays are important to proper checkups also make it possible to rule out additional causes of heel pain furthermore to assess the alignment of the bones in the foot.

Ultrasound is an outstanding imaging technique also diagnostic tool. This allows the podiatrist to recognize the entire tendon, measure its thickness, assess the severity of the injury, evaluate the fiber structure, and examine for the presence of tears. It also permits us to rule out additional conditions concerning the structures surrounding the Achilles tendon.

To distinguish whether poor foot alignment rather posture may be at fault, a thorough biomechanical exam is necessary. The complete evaluation of foot function, gait, and posture gives invaluable data. It also covers an examination of plantar pressure during gait using pressure sensors connected to cameras.

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Louise Montels 

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