A painful condition due to injury of a cord that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone, known as achilles tendon.
The most common symptoms include pain and swelling at the back of the heel. The other symptoms are tight calf muscles and limited range of motion when flexing the foot.
The common cause of achilles tendonitis is the injury of achilles tendon due to excessive walking or running, especially in athletes.
Diagnosis involves a physical examination and imaging tests.
Minor to moderate Achilles tendonitis usually heals on its own. Depending on your condition doctor might suggest self-care measures or medication.
Anti-inflammatory drugs: To reduce pain and swelling. Oral medications are prescribed for mild cases.
Physical therapy: Includes stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles and their supporting structures.
Achilles tendon repair surgery: To repair a torn tendon. To remove bony elevation behind the heel.
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