The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon runs along the back of the leg from the calf to the heel. It moves our leg and foot when we run or walk. Overuse of this tendon will cause it to swell and ache. Obesity or flat feet can also contribute to the condition.
Achilles tendonitis is a common sports injury. People of all ages can get Achilles tendonitis. Some risk factors include:
In some cases of Achilles tendonitis, the tendon can tear, which may require surgery. Another complication may include a bone spur forming on the heel.
The UPMC Sports Medicine team can help you get back in the game and treat your Achilles tendonitis. Call 1-855-93-SPORT (77678) for an appointment.
Achilles tendonitis occurs as a result of strenuous activity involving the leg, including running, sprinting or jumping. It can come on gradually during your activity. Sudden, extreme pain in the tendon can indicate a rupture in the tendon, which requires immediate medical attention.
Achilles tendonitis symptoms may include:
Routine Achilles tendonitis diagnosis may involve the following tests:
The UPMC Sports Medicine professionals can help you recover from Achilles tendonitis and prevent further injury to the tendon. Call 1-855-93-SPORT (77678) for an appointment with our team.
Achilles tendonitis treatment includes:
If you added intensity to your workouts, get back to your workout routine gradually and warm up properly to prevent recurrence of your injury. If pain persists for six months or more, and non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate symptoms, surgery may be required to repair the tendonitis.
At UPMC Sports Medicine, our dedicated team can help get you back to the activities that you love. Call 1-855-93-SPORT (77678) to learn more about working with our team.
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