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Where Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the lower leg, and it connects the calf muscles to the heel. It is responsible for pointing and flexing the foot, which is done during routine activity. Having an Achilles tendon injury may cause difficulty in completing daily tasks. An injury can cause this tendon to partially or completely tear and often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can happen for various reasons, including increasing speed and distance too quickly while running and not stretching properly before running or jogging. The Achilles tendon may gradually weaken when shoes that are worn do not fit correctly or if some weight has been gained. Recovery can take several months for complete healing, and wearing supportive shoes may help to accelerate this. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you with the correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor 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 Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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