When your Achilles tendon is injured, you may have trouble running, walking, and just standing. At Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, Michigan, the expert podiatrists diagnose inflammation at this tendon and help you heal so you can get back to daily life and activity as soon as possible. Call the nearest location or schedule online to have your Achilles examined today.

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What causes pain in the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It’s vulnerable to inflammation, namely tendonitis or tendonosis.

Achilles tendonitis

This injury describes inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The symptoms are usually short-lived, but if not resolved, they can cause degeneration of the tendon.

Achilles tendonosis

Achilles tendonosis can result from untreated tendonitis and describes microscopic tears in the tendon.

Degeneration can lead to rupture of the tendon.

What causes Achilles tendon problems?

Usually, tendonitis or tendonosis results from overuse. If you put stress on the tendon too quickly, you can cause micro tears in the tendon fibers. The stress continues and your body isn’t able to respond quickly enough to repair the fibers. The tendon’s structure is altered, and pain becomes chronic.

Athletes are at risk of Achilles injury. For example, runners who quickly increase their mileage or training intensity fall victim to Achilles pain. People who work on their feet daily or who work out infrequently, but go hard when they do, are also at risk.

If you have excessive flattening of the arch, you’re more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendon inflammation?

Suspect an Achilles injury if you have any of the following sensations in the back of your heel, at the tendon:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Aching
  • Tenderness
  • Soreness

You may feel these sensations anywhere along the tendon’s path, from the attachment just above the heel to just below the calf muscle.

Pain often appears most prominently after periods of rest or first thing in the morning. You may also notice pain exacerbates after activity increases.

Achilles tendon degeneration may show up as an enlarged tendon that has nodules in areas of tissue damage.

What are my options for treating problems with my Achilles tendon?

Your treatment depends on the severity of your injury and the damage to the tendon. In early stages, you benefit from immobilization in a cast or walking boot. Icing reduces swelling and inflammation and oral medications can help reduce pain in early-stage Achilles issues.

If you have collapsing arches or gait abnormalities, orthotics can help. The doctors may recommend a night splint that stretches the Achilles tendon while you sleep. Physical therapy is another way to improve your form and muscle function to alleviate pain due to Achilles tendon injuries.

In severe cases, surgery may be required.

If you have pain in your Achilles tendon, seek help from Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers right away. Call the closest location or book online.