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Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis

It is a syndrome of irritation of the Achilles tendon in the ankle that is the large tendon in the back of the ankle that inserts into the heel bone. In case of overusing their Achilles tendon, it becomes irritate and inflamed. Further, this inflammation can result in pain and swelling. If not treated, it can also lead to tears within the tendon and make the Achilles tendon susceptible to rupture.


Achilles tendon rupture is caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area and from a sudden more serious injury. It can also result due to incorrect posture at work or poor stretching or conditioning before exercise or playing sports also increases the chances of this problem.


Achilles Tendonitis doesn’t show its symptoms quickly. Pain is the beginnings that can worsen with continue activity. First stage doesn’t have visible symptoms; while one may feel pain for the duration of activity or at the time of taking rest. In the second stage, one can start noticing some swelling or hard knots of tissue on the back of the leg. Completely rupture is the third stage that may result in traumatic damage to the tendons – a condition that can impair the legs from walking and require extended recovery period.

Diagnose Achilles Tendonitis

Physical examination is the first stage to diagnose Achilles tendonitis. Physical examination is done for the lower leg for atrophy and measurement of passive ranges of motion of the feet, ankles, and knees. Some other tests may also require in the supervision of orthopaedic surgeons.

Treatment of Achilles Tendon Rupture

It is important to consult with orthopaedic specialists before the condition gets worse.

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