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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is a condition wherein the Achilles tendon, the large tendon in the back of the ankle, becomes inflamed and causes pain. Patients complain of severe aching or burning pain felt in the back of the heel, which increases when the toes are flexed upwards.

Although the largest tendon in the body, the achilles tendon is also the weakest. It is injury prone and slow to heal.

Achilles Tendonitis is an injury caused by overuse to the muscle and usually occurs in middle-aged athletic people. Excessive pronation of the foot leads to excessive strain on this tendon. When the foot arch collapses upon weight bearing, the achilles tendon is strained.

Not have an adequate warm up prior to athletics, improper shoe fitting, heel bone deformity are other causes of achilles tendonitis.

Other factors that lead to Achilles Tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short Achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity. The inflammation of the tendon can worsen if not treated in a timely manner.

Achilles Tendonitis is treated with plantar orthoses and light stretches. A heel cup elevates the heel to reduce the stress on the achilles tendon. Podiapro’s orthotic insoles can be used to control over-pronation and thus eliminate excessive stress on the tendon. Athletes, especially runners, should have an adequate warm up session before they start running. The warm session should comprise light stretches on the calf, ankle and shin. Reducing the duration of your walks or runs is advised until the tendon heals.

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