Are you struggling with pain and stiffness in the back of your heel or calf? Do you perhaps experience pain when running, walking, or jumping? You may have Achilles tendinitis. This condition is one of many common sports injuries, although it can also affect people with less active lifestyles.
If you suspect you may have Achilles tendinitis, we have put together a helpful guide to the condition and how we at Richardson Podiatry Center can provide the care you need to get back on your feet. Remember – the sooner you address your heel pain, the higher your chances of a quick recovery!
What is Achilles Tendinitis?
Put simply, Achilles tendinitis describes irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon, which connects the calf to the heel bone, is the largest in the body and helps us launch off the ground when running, walking, climbing, or jumping. Although the Achilles tendon is highly robust, overuse can lead to damage and pain.
It is worth noting that Achilles tendinitis differs from a ruptured Achilles tendon. This painful condition occurs when the tendon tears in half or completely detaches from the heel bone. Such cases produce severe pain and require emergency treatment.