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Achilles Tendon Injuries That Can Affect Athletes

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

The long tendon that connects the heel bone with the calf muscles is called the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a critical component in running and walking, making it prone to wear injuries that can affect anyone. However, track and field athletes and those who play volleyball, softball, soccer, or racquet sports are more susceptible to these injuries. Pain in the lower calf, or at the back of the ankle may be indicative of an Achilles tendon injury. A common inflammatory injury to the Achilles tendon is tendonitis, which can cause sudden pain. Paratenonitis is another type of inflammatory issue which causes the covering of the Achilles tendon to thicken and inflame, thereby restricting the tendon’s movement. Tendinosis is a degenerative condition which weakens fibers in the tendon. Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy starts out with an inflammation of tendon fibers that attach to the heel bone, and then later degenerate. Athletes with any of these issues would do well to make an appointment with a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Mt Airy, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, King, Greensboro, and Siler City, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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