Tendinitis (sometimes spelled tendonitis) is a condition that involves inflammation and irritation of the tendons, the strong bands of connective tissue that connect muscles to bones. Tendinitis can occur when the tendon itself becomes injured or when the tendon becomes inflamed and rubs against the protective sheath that surrounds it. Achilles Tendinitis is the most common type of tendinitis to affect the feet and ankles, involving the long tendon that runs from the calf muscle to the heel.
Achilles tendinitis frequently occurs in runners who run in intervals of increased intensity or duration. IT can also affect middle-aged athletes who play sports on the weekends or throughout the week.
Two of the most common causes of Achilles tendinitis are the lack of flexibility and arch problems, including overpronation, which causes the foot to turn or roll outward when walking, often due to having flat feet. Changes in footwear or wearing shoes that don’t fit properly can also contribute to Achilles tendinitis, as can physical activity changes. The condition is especially common among long-distance runners and other athletes who “ramp up” their exercise routines or do not perform warm-up exercises before physical activity. It also occurs in older people whose tendons tend to be stiffer and less flexible, making them more prone to irritation and inflammation.
The most common symptom associated with Achilles tendinitis is a pain in the heel area and radiating from the heel. The painful symptoms usually worsen when running or performing other exercises that require pushing off with the foot or jumping.
Unfortunately for the men, you are more likely to develop Achilles tendinitis. So make sure to take extra self-care as you grow older and while playing sports to lessen your chances of being affected.
Especially for active adults, this can be something that takes you out of the game quickly. If you do not take the proper care and rest that you need, the older you get, the higher chance you will have to develop this injury.
The feet play an essential role in your body’s health, and things like flat-arched feet can put your Achilles tendon at risk. Being overweight or obese also puts a strain on your tendons, increasing the risk of problems.
How you train, the activities you do before and at the end, and the things you wear all play essential roles in your tendons’ health. Make sure to always wear proper fitted shoes, dress up if you are working out in colder weather, and always stretch before each workout. Taking these easy actions can help prevent your tendon from stiffening up and becoming strained.
Personal medical conditions can also leave you with a higher risk of developing Achilles tendinitis. People with psoriasis and high blood pressure may find themselves needing to take extra precautions.
Why do I keep getting Achilles tendonitis?
If Achilles tendinitis keeps on coming back, it can be due to a few possibilities. One, you are overworking your Achilles tendon by partaking in activities that continuously add stress to the tendon. Or two, you are not letting the tendinitis heal properly. It is important to remember your body needs time to heal, even when it doesn’t hurt.
Does Achilles tendonitis ever go away?
Yes, Achilles tendonitis will eventually go away with the proper care. Remember that you will be more likely to have tendinitis again if you do not take the proper care during and after the healing process.
What exercises help Achilles tendonitis?
Is it OK to walk with Achilles tendonitis?
Yes, actually, it is very important to remain physically active while you have Achilles tendonitis. We know that you will be in some pain during exercises and walking, so we suggest swimming and cycling; they are low-stress, low-impact exercises perfect for those suffering from pain.
How do you know if you have torn your Achilles tendon?
It is possible to have no signs or symptoms if the Achilles tendon ruptures, but some people do feel like they have been punched in the calf. The pain is moderate to severe, with a small amount of swelling near the heel.
Tendinitis can often be treated conservatively with ice, pain medications, and stretching exercises to strengthen the tendon and promote flexibility. Custom orthotics provided by Global Podiatry Clinic may also help by providing additional support for the foot’s arch and by addressing overpronation. In very few cases, when these approaches do not work, surgery may be recommended to reposition the tendon.