Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon attached to the back of the heel bone, often caused by over-training or an insufficient warm-up for athletic activities. Sometimes it can also be caused by a large bony prominence present on the back of a heel bone. Ice, aspirin, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications are common solutions. However, if the pain and swelling are chronic, a podiatrist may be needed.
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis
- Being overweight
- An imbalance in the muscles
- Deformity in the bone
- A tightness in muscles of the back of the leg
- Over-stretching the band of tissue from the ball of the foot to the heel
- Warming up or training improperly
What can a patient do?
- Purchase comfortable and supportive shoes
- Be sure to stretch sufficiently before exercise
- Employ the RICE technique- rest, ice, compression, elevation
What can a podiatrist do for you?
- Examine the affected area
- Perform the appropriate scan, such as a CT, MRI, X-ray, or bone scan
- Suggest taping, an over-the-counter arch support or heel lift
- Prescribe a custom orthosis or medication
- Demonstrate proper exercises to alleviate pain
- Provide injections or surgery if necessary