September 26, 2016 | 2 minute read
Published in Active Meaningful Years
Achilles Tendinitis is a nagging condition that causes pain along the back of the leg through the Achilles tendon. It commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs.
The Achilles is the large tendon connecting your calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles Tendinitis is a common overuse condition where the tendon tightens and is forced to work too hard. The tendon becomes inflamed, and if left untreated can begin to produce scar tissue. Achilles Tendinitis is characterized by a dull or sharp pain anywhere along the tendon. Most commonly, the pain will be felt closest to the heel.
If you start to feel Achilles pain, stop running and start working out the root cause of the problem. Achilles Tendinitis is commonly caused by:
If you are experiencing Achilles pain, ice the tendon for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this several times a day until the inflammation subsides. Once the nodule is gone, you should:
Although most Achilles injuries can be fixed at home, in more serious cases surgery is required. If your Achilles doesn't seem to be getting better after a week go to a doctor. It could be a sign of a rupture.
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