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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS
Morgan E. Garcia, DPM

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Stretching and Strengthening the Achilles Tendon

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Many problems can affect the Achilles tendon. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is known as Achilles Tendonitis and is the most common injury to this site. It is generally caused by intense or excessive physical activity. If this condition is not treated properly, other afflictions can develop, such as Achilles tendinopathy where there is degeneration or damage to the collagen in the Achilles tendon, Achilles tendinosis where there are micro-tears to the tendon, and an Achilles tendon rupture where there is a partial or complete tear to the tendon. Symptoms of Achilles tendon issues include tightness, pain, weakness, and mobility issues. A variety of exercises can be done to generate healing and improve mobility. If you suffer from Achilles tendon discomfort, you should seek the counsel of a podiatrist for proper a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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