With intense sports such as running, gymnastics and dancing, the Achilles tendon is often at risk for injury. After sustaining injury, the body will usually heal the tendon to make it stronger, but sometimes it does not heal properly—causing abnormal healing. This abnormal healing causes further damage and often weakens the tendon, making it susceptible to further damage later on. Tendinopathy is when the tendon becomes degenerative with damage from abnormal healing. Treatment of tendon injuries involves trying to disrupt and alter the abnormal healing pattern through special heavy slow resistance and eccentric exercises.
Achilles tendon injuries can be difficult to overcome. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.
The Achilles Tendon
The key that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the foot’s heel, the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. This tendon is an integral part of the body as it is responsible for allowing movement in the foot and heel. Any injuries to the Achilles tendon may cause severe difficulties and pain when it comes to movement, and should be observed by a specialist immediately.
Achilles Tendon Injury Types and Symptoms
There are a variety of ailments and injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. Most common are Ruptures and Achilles Tendinitis.
- Extreme swelling and pain
- Partial or Complete Immobility
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
-Pain Ranging from Minor to Severe
- Increased blood flow
- The Tendon Thickens
Prevention and Treatment
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed via physical evaluation. Confirmation of the diagnosis usually involves an MRI. Treating Achilles tendon injuries involve rest, physical therapy, and surgery in some cases. Measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Before and after exercise, stretch the tendon
- Make use of strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Proper footwear
- Healthy diet
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