The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. This tendon is sometimes called the heel cord. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It lets you rise up on your toes and in the pushing-off phase of walking, running, or jumping. Injuries with the Achilles tendon may seem to happen suddenly, but usually they are the result of many tiny tears to the tendon that have happened over time. There are different types of Achilles tendon injuries: Achilles tendonitis, Achilles tenosynovitis, Tennis Leg, in the most severe cases Achilles tendon rupture.
Call your health professional immediately if you think you have an Achilles tendon problem (at or above the back of your ankle) and:
Treatment for severe problems, such as a torn or ruptured tendon, may include surgery or a cast, splint, brace, walking boot, or other device that keeps the lower leg from moving. It is highly recommended to use physical therapy when rehabilitating, it will help the lower leg get strong and flexible again. The tendon will take weeks to months to heal.
Your doctor may recommend that you visit a *physical therapist to treat your Achilles tendonitis. A physical therapist will teach you exercises that will strengthen your calf muscle and increase the range of motion of your foot. This is easily fixable with physical therapy, although it can be painful. The cross-friction massage techniques used to rid the scar tissue it caused are not a joy ride, but it is all worth it when you are back to your sport or exercise. Be sure to attend all of your physical therapy sessions to get the most benefit from this treatment. Continue performing these exercises at home to prevent further Achilles tendonitis from occurring. They are now part of your exercise routine for the rest of your active life.
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