What is Achilles tendinopathy?
Achilles tendon is an important part of your leg which is found behind and above your heel. It joins the heel bone to your calf muscles. Its job is to push your foot down and help you push off.
Achilles tendinopathy is a result of the tendon becoming overloaded from repetitive overuse over a period of time. The tendon thickens as a result of the increased load and then usually becomes painful.
If the tendinopathy is not addressed appropriately, the problem can become chronic and result in tears in the tendon, which can mean more pain at all times even at rest and longer recovery times.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy?
Pain, swelling, stiffness, and weakness in your Achilles tendon.
Usually most painful with the first step in the morning or after resting and after activity.
How does Achilles tendinopathy happen?
Overuse of tendons, wearing inappropriate footwear during exercise, poor flexibility, and sudden increased intensity of exercise can result in injury in your Achilles tendon. Other causes include arthritis and long-term use of some antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin).
What can help with Achilles tendinopathy?
- Rest and avoid strenuous exercise (such as running). As you improve, you can return to exercise gradually.
- Cold compress (ice pack) will help to decrease swelling and control the pain.
- Compression using bandage can also minimize pain and aid in reducing the inflammation.
- Elevate the injured area above the heart while sitting.
- For prevention, make sure you stretch before and after exercise.
- Short term use of anti-inflammatory drugs can be helpful to decrease the pain.
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