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Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

  • Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, usually due to overuse. Symptoms include:
  • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning
  • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity
  • Severe pain the day after exercising
  • Thickening of the tendon
  • Swelling that is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity

What Can Your Podiatrist Do To Help?

  • A range of treatments exists to reduce strain on the tendon. These include:
  • Icing can reduce inflammation during the acute phase
  • A heel lift can be given to reduce strain on the tendon
  • Orthotics and supportive footwear redistribute pressure and decrease strain on the tendon
  • Cam (Moon) Boot to minimize movement and give the tendon time to heal in more severe cases
  • Exercises and stretches when possible to gradually strengthen and lengthen the tendon and reduce the likelihood of recurrence
  • Surgery may be required and can be referred for in very severe cases