Achilles Tendonitis and Tendinitis

Achilles Tendonitis and Tendinitis

Achilles tendonitis and tendinitis are both conditions that involve inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.

Achilles tendonitis is a condition in which the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and irritated, usually due to overuse or repetitive strain. It often causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected area, and may be accompanied by a limited range of motion or difficulty walking.

Tendinitis is a more general term that refers to inflammation of a tendon, which can occur in any part of the body. In the case of the Achilles tendon, tendinitis is often caused by repetitive strain or sudden increases in activity, and may also cause pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Both conditions are treated similarly, with a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce inflammation and pain. Physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises may also be recommended to help improve flexibility and reduce the risk of future injury. In some cases, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be prescribed to help reduce pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair a damaged Achilles tendon.

What Causes Tendon Pain?

Tendon pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, or medical conditions.

Overuse or repetitive strain is a common cause of tendon pain, particularly in athletes or people who engage in activities that involve repetitive movements, such as running or jumping. Over time, this can lead to tiny tears in the tendon, which can cause pain and inflammation.

Injury or trauma can also cause tendon pain. This may include sudden movements or impact, such as in a fall or sports injury, which can cause a tendon to tear or rupture. It may also include more gradual damage from repetitive strain or chronic overuse.

Medical conditions can also contribute to tendon pain. For example, conditions that affect the joints, such as arthritis or gout, can also affect the tendons. Some infections or metabolic disorders can also lead to inflammation or damage to the tendons.

Most Health professionals use different terms to describe a tendon injury. You may hear:

Tendonitis (or Tendinitis): Although this term means “inflammation of the tendon”, inflammation rarely causes tendon pain.

Tendinosis: The tiny tears in the tissue in and around the tendon caused by overuse lead to tendinosis

What are the Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis may include:

  1. Pain or stiffness in the Achilles tendon, which may be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  2. Swelling or tenderness around the Achilles tendon
  3. A thickening or enlargement of the tendon
  4. A popping or snapping sound when the tendon is stretched or moved
  5. Limited range of motion in the ankle or foot
  6. A feeling of weakness or instability in the ankle or foot
  7. Redness or warmth in the affected area, in more severe cases

Symptoms may vary in severity depending on the extent of the injury or inflammation, and may worsen with continued activity or if left untreated.

How is Achilles Tendonitis Diagnosed?

Contact Splendidpathfinder Clinic in Delhi to connect with our doctor to get the best treatment for Achilles Tendonitis. We have a team of highly skilled Professionals doctors who usually confirm the diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis in the clinic. The diagnosis will be based on your history, symptom behavior and clinical tests. Reach out to us to book an appointment for the treatment of Achilles Tendonitis today. Call us -+91 9650873715

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