Achilles tendinitis is a typical overuse injury, where the large tendon running down the back of the lower leg gets irritated and inflamed causing excruciating pain and discomfort in walking or even standing for an extended duration of time.
Achilles tendinitis is a common condition and is mainly found in sprinters and marathon runners who have suddenly increased and also middle aged people, who are engaged in leisure sport activities like tennis or basketball. Achilles tendinitis is also common in women wearing high heel sandals that put a lot of strain on the legs and feet.
Swelling around the affected tendon accompanied with severe pain is a common symptom of Achilles tendinitis. It is also characterised by stiffness of the ankle which usually loosens up a bit with the progress of the day and some exercises specifically designed for such condition.
The most common Achilles tendinitis symptoms is swelling and pain in the back of the heel and discomfort in walking or standing for long periods. Other symptoms include tight calf muscles, limited mobility and warmth around the affected tendon site.
Achilles tendinitis is a typical example of an overuse injury caused by repetitive and intense strain on the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Some of the common causes of Achilles tendinitis are as follows;
There are a few factors that have been found to make a person more susceptible to Achilles tendinitis. These risk factors include;
Medications- Some types of medications like fluoroquinolones antibiotics have been found to be associated with higher rates of Achilles tendinitis.
The Achilles tendinitis is diagnosed from a physical examination of the tendon, besides that a doctor can ask for any of the following tests to confirm the diagnosis;
Achilles tendinitis can be easily treated at home as the condition responds pretty well to self care treatment like RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and elevation. However, in cases where the symptoms persist for a long time, then the doctor must be seen to find the root of the problem and its effective treatment.
The typical Achilles tendinitis treatment plan includes medications, physical therapy and surgery.
Achilles tendinitis usually can be easily treated at home with the help of a qualified at home healthcare service. Catering to this need is our highly reputable at home healthcare services that offer everything from doctor’s consultation, lab tests, vaccinations, to physical therapy , palliative and other care treatments at the comfort of the patients home. Another advantage of opting for our healthcare service is that the clinic comes to you rather than you stressing yourself out. All you have to do is just give us a call and a well experienced doctor will show up at your doorstep within a short time. So if you need Achilles tendinitis treatment at home or physical therapy for Achilles tendinitis or post operative rehabilitation care; just gets in touch with us and we would do the rest.
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