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Achilles Tendonitis Treatment in Detroit, MI

Achilles Tendonitis Treatment in the Wayne County, MI: Detroit (Hamtramck, River Rouge, Dearborn, Melvindale, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Redford Charter Twp)A condition that often results in serious heel pain is known as Achilles tendonitis. This condition may form when the Achilles tendon is damaged as a result of overuse. This particular injury can be very serious, as the Achilles tendon’s main function is to connect the lower half of the calf muscles to the heel bone. If this tendon becomes damaged, it may result in difficulty walking and completing everyday tasks, as well as cause extreme discomfort and pain.

It’s more common for athletes to experience Achilles tendon injuries, as they’re more likely to be participating in activities that would call for repetitive movement, such as running or jogging. This kind of repetitive movement over time is likely to cause stress on the tendon. When athletes abruptly increase their performance level without properly training or warming up their bodies, they may also injure the Achilles tendon, which may lead to inflexibility in the calf muscles.

An Achilles tendon rupture is trickier to heal and is by far the most painful injury. It is caused by the tendon ripping or completely snapping. The results are immediate and absolutely devastating, and will render the patient immobile. If a rupture or tear occurs, operative and non-operative methods are available. Once the treatment begins, depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time for these types of issues can take up to a year.

Achilles Tendonitis Prevention

In order to prevent this kind of injury, it’s suggested to perform stretches—particularly focused on the calf region—about one to three times a day to keep the area flexible. Focusing on building strength in your calves is also advised. If you believe you’ve injured your Achilles tendon, there are some actions you can take to help alleviate the discomfort. Icing and massaging the affected area may help to calm the pain, as well as practicing light stretches.

If you’re having difficulty walking or icing the area does not alleviate the pain, it’s highly advised that you speak with a podiatrist for professional care and an advised treatment plan.

Achilles Tendon (FAQs)

What is the Achilles tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the thick band of fibrous tissue located at the back of the lower leg. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, allowing us to push off the foot while walking, running, or jumping. Although the Achilles tendon is the largest, strongest tendon in the body, it can be prone to injury due to the stress placed on it.
What are the different kinds of Achilles tendon injuries? 
There are many different types of Achilles tendon injuries. Achilles tendonitis, one of the most common Achilles tendon injuries, is an inflammation of the tendon due to repetitive strain and overuse. Tendonitis causes pain and stiffness at the back of the heel. Achilles tendonosis refers to a gradual thickening and weakening of the Achilles tendon due to overuse or aging. More serious injuries to the Achilles tendon are tears or full ruptures. An Achilles tendon tear can be small or large, and may cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected leg. A rupture occurs when the tendon tears completely, and is accompanied by intense pain and swelling. 
How long does it take for an Achilles tendon injury to heal? 
How long it takes to recover from an Achilles tendon injury depends on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the treatments that are used, the patient’s lifestyle factors and compliance with the doctor's orders. Less severe injuries may take several weeks to heal. More severe injuries, like a full rupture, may require surgery and can take several months to heal completely. 
Can I still walk with an Achilles tendon injury? 
You may still be able to walk with an Achilles tendon injury, though it is likely you will experience at least some degree of pain or discomfort, and you may have trouble pushing off of the injured foot. However, while you may be able to walk, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Achilles tendon ruptures are often treated with surgery, and full recovery can require wearing a cast and refraining from putting weight on the affected leg. Resting the affected leg is recommended regardless of the severity of the injury, and you should not fully resume your usual activities without the okay of your doctor. Putting too much strain on the Achilles tendon before it heals fully may result in chronic pain and an increased likelihood of further injury. 

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