Are you suffering from Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and us uses when you run an jump. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is also prone to tendinitis. A condition associated with overuse and degeneration.

Achilles tendinitis is typically not related to a specific injury. The problem results from repetitive stress on the tendon. This often happens when we push our bodies to do too much, too soon, but other factors can make it more likely to develop tendinitis, including; a sudden increase of activity without proper preparation, tight calf muscles which puts increased stress on the Achilles tendon and increased bone ( spurring ) at the heel.

The site of tendonitis can be at the body insertion or at the middle of the tendon. Use of ice, anti-inflammatories, stretching and a heel cup can help treat this. Physical Therapy has been proven a very effective method of treatment.

If you have other questions regarding Achilles tendonitis, please contact any of our offices for more information on how physical therapy can help.

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