Achilles

 

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more.

It is also the most frequently ruptured tendon.                                             

 

Events that can cause Achilles tendonitis may include:

  • Hill running or stair climbing.

  • Overuse, resulting from the natural lack of flexibility in the calf muscles.

  • Trauma caused by sudden and/or hard contraction of the calf muscles when putting out extra effort such as in a final sprint.


 

 

Other symptoms include:

  • Recurring localized pain, sometimes severe, along 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 generally diminishes as the tendon warms up with use.

  • Trauma caused by sudden and/or hard contraction of the calf muscles when putting out extra effort such as in a final sprint.

 

Achilles tendonitis often begins with mild pain after exercise or running that gradually worsens. In some instances, a rupture of the tendon can occur. Treatment options include but not limited to:  Physical therapy, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, cortisone injection, orthotic therapy, MLS laser therapy or possible surgical intervention.

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