Seattle Podiatrists Tackle Achilles Tendonitis
What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand
forces of 1,000 pounds or more. It also is the most frequently ruptured
tendon, usually as a result of a sports injury. Both professional and
weekend athletes may suffer from Achilles tendonitis, a common overuse
injury, and inflammation of the tendon. Our Seattle podiatrists can help
diagnose this ailment.
- Events that can cause Achilles tendonitis may include:
- Hill running or stair climbing.
- Overuse, stemming from the natural lack of flexibility in the calf muscles.
- Rapidly increasing mileage or speed when walking, jogging, or running.
- Starting up too quickly after a layoff in exercise or sports activity,
without adequately stretching and warming up the foot.
- Trauma caused by sudden and/or hard contraction of the calf muscles when
putting out extra effort, such as in a sprint.
- Improper footwear and/or a tendency toward overpronation.
Achilles tendonitis often begins with mild pain after exercise or running
that gradually worsens.
- Other symptoms include:
- Recurring localized pain, sometimes severe, along with the tendon during
or a few hours after running.
- Morning tenderness about an inch and a half above the point where the Achilles'
tendon is attached to the heel bone.
- Sluggishness in your leg.
- Mild or severe swelling.
- Stiffness that diminishes as the tendon warms up with use.
Achilles Tendonitis Treatment
Achilles tendonitis can span a wide range of severity. In minor cases,
it is suggested to alter activity level, take anti-inflammatory medicines
or use cushions or inserts to reduce impact in the heel area. In more
severe cases, surgery may be required to remove inflamed tissue.
Our Seattle podiatrists can help you to find out if you have Achilles tendonitis,
as well as treat it quickly and effectively. Call our team at (425) 678-3877
today to get started!