Achilles tendonitis is a condition that our chiropodists and podiatrists see regularly. The condition occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. This can be extremely painful and you should seek treatment as early on as possible. Achilles tendonitis treatments sometimes include physiotherapy and medication. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment.
What Is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of the tendon that attaches to the back of the heel bone. It can cause swelling and chronic pain that requires a professional examination. Sufferers may experience stiffness in the lower leg and this tends to be most noticeable in the morning. The pain may decrease as you start to move around. You should seek treatments for Achilles tendonitis as soon as possible. In more serious cases, leaving this condition untreated can cause the tendon to rupture.
What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis can be caused when athletes and sportspeople over-train or don’t warm up properly. It is particularly common in people who compete in running or jumping events. It can often occur gradually, especially if the tendon is put under persistent strain. This strain can cause wear and tear and a thickening of the tendon. Achilles tendonitis can also be caused by injuries and is more common in people with a naturally shorter tendon.
Achilles Tendonitis Treatments
Achilles Tendonitis treatments can involve rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, orthotics, applying ice to the painful area and physiotherapy. In very serious cases, you may need surgery. Your podiatrist will be able to advise you of the best course of treatment for your condition.
If you think you may be suffering with Achilles tendonitis, pleasecontact us to book a consultation.