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Achilles Tendon Injuries

All About Achilles Tendon Pain


Updated February 22, 2011

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Achilles tendon injuries can cause pain behind the heel and difficulty walking. Some Achilles conditions are the result of an acute injury, while others come from chronic overuse. Learn about different problems of the Achilles tendon, and what treatments can help relieve your symptoms.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is irritation and inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes. Overuse of the Achilles tendon can cause inflammation that can lead to pain and swelling. 

Achilles Tendinosis

Achilles tendinosis is a common problem of the Achilles tendon that is not well understood. Unfortunately, many patients and doctors alike confuse the term Achilles tendonitis with Achilles tendinosis. Achilles tendinosis is a chronic problem that is characterized by microscopic tears of the Achilles tendon.

Treamtent of Achilles Pain

Treatment of Achilles tendon problems begins with resting the tendon to allow the acute pain to settle down. In more serious situations, adequate rest may require crutches or immobilization of the ankle. Learn more about different treatments for Achilles tendon problems, including ice, medications, injections, and surgery.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

An Achilles tendon tear occurs when the tendon attaching the calf muscle to the heel is completely torn. This is a common injury, most often seen in middle-aged male "weekend warriors."

Torn Achilles Tendon Treatments

There are several options for torn Achilles tendon treatment. There is not necessarily a best treatment, just a best option for each individual. Therefore, you should discuss the pros and cons of different treatment options for a torn Achilles tendon with your doctor.

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