About Achilles Tendonitis

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Achilles Tendonitis Overview

The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel. The tendon is important because it points the foot down when it flexes—a critical movement for walking, running, and jumping. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury in which the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. There are two types of Achilles tendonitis:

  1. Insertional. At the heal.
  2. Noninsertional. In the middle of the tendon.

Achilles tendonitis that is not treated properly produces unpleasant symptoms that make it difficult to perform many day-to-day activities. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) ensures proper Achilles tendonitis treatment and quick symptom relief.

Symptoms & Causes

Achilles tendonitis symptoms include:

  • Morning pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Pain after physical activity
  • Pain when pointing the foot down
  • Tendon thickening

Achilles tendonitis causes include:

  • A bone spur
  • Calf tightness
  • Overuse
  • Suddenly increasing physical activity intensity or frequency

Common Treatments:

After a thorough evaluation, a CONA hip specialist may recommend:

  • Activity modification
  • At-home stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Immobilization in a cast, splint or boot
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
  • Shoe modifications, insoles

A cortisone injection may be offered for fast-acting pain relief.

Diagnosis:

A CONA foot and ankle specialist:

  • Carefully listens to the patient’s symptoms
  • Obtains a complete medical history, including previous injuries
  • Performs an Achilles tendon physical examination

An x-ray may be ordered if a bone spur is suspected.

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Please do not delay a diagnosis. Make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained CONA foot and ankle specialists and your Achilles tendonitis symptoms will be relieved.

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