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An achilles heel tendonitis treatment must be performed by an experienced podiatrist to avoid complications after the surgery. An achilles sheet tendonitis injury can have significant impact on professional and amateur athletes. The Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in our body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it — a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles (uh-KILL-eez) tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It’s also common in middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends.
Unfortunately, injuries of Achilles tendon are very common. Many Achilles tendon injuries are caused by tendinitis, in which the tendon becomes swollen and painful. In a severe Achilles tendon injury, too much force on the tendon can cause it to tear partially or rupture completely.
Noninsertional Achilles Tendinitis
In noninsertional Achilles tendinitis, fibers in the middle portion of the tendon have begun to break down with tiny tears (degenerate), swell, and thicken. Tendinitis of the middle portion of the tendon more commonly affects younger, active people.
Insertional Achilles Tendinitis
Insertional Achilles tendinitis involves the lower portion of the heel, where the tendon attaches (inserts) to the heel bone. In both noninsertional and insertional Achilles tendinitis, damaged tendon fibers may also calcify (harden). Bone spurs (extra bone growth) often form with insertional Achilles tendinitis. Tendinitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur at any time, even in patients who are not active.
What Causes Achilles Tendon Injuries?
An Achilles tendon injury might be caused by:
- Stepping up your level of physical activity too quickly
- Wearing high heels, which increases the stress on the tendon
- Problems with the feet; an Achilles tendon injury can result from flat feet, also known as fallen arches. In this condition, the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons.
- Muscles or tendons in the leg that are too tight
- Achilles tendon injuries are common in people who participate in these sports:
You’re more likely to tear an Achilles tendon when you start moving suddenly. For instance, a sprinter might get one at the start of a race. The abrupt tensing of the muscle can be too much for the tendon to handle. Men older than age 30 are particularly prone to Achilles tendon injuries.
When is Surgery Needed?
If non-surgical approaches fail to restore the tendon to its normal condition, surgery may be necessary. The foot and ankle surgeon will select the best procedure to repair the tendon, based upon the extent of the injury, the patient’s age and activity level, and other factors.
To prevent Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis from recurring after surgical or non-surgical treatment, the foot and ankle surgeon may recommend strengthening and stretching of the calf muscles through daily exercises. Wearing proper shoes for the foot type and activity is also important in preventing recurrence of the condition.
Orange County Foot and Ankle Center under the supervision of Dr. Matt Ahmadi offers one of the best foot and ankle care services in Mission Viejo, California. Our goal is to keep your feet as healthy and functional as possible by providing you with the best treatment available. Our state-of-the-art services include bunion removal, orthotics, treatment for sports injuries, ingrown nails, foot corns, heel pain, flat feet, hammertoes and much more.
Dr. Ahmadi performs the latest techniques and procedures available today in the foot care industry. He treats any foot problems in children and adults. Call Dr. Ahmadi now at (949) 276-8900 for quality orthotics and foot pain relief. You can reach us anytime, seven days a week.