The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. This tendon is a strong band made of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). The Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles (calf muscles) unite into one band of tissue, which becomes the Achilles tendon at the low end of the calf. The Achilles tendon then inserts into the calcaneus. When the calf muscles contract, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel. This movement allows us to stand on our toes when walking, running, or jumping.
The most common acute Achilles injuries are tendinitis or bursitis. Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendinitis commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It is also common in middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends.
The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting. Tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, usually improves with mild activity.
If you are having pain in the back of your foot or have been diagnosed with an Achilles tendinitis, please come see us for a free consultation to see how we can assist you in your recovery. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.