Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon that attaches the muscles to the bones in the ankle joint. The condition causes ankle pain or tenderness directly over the tendon and may radiate to the foot or lower leg.
Achilles tendinitis is most often caused by an overuse repetitive strain injury, particularly in sports such as running, basketball and soccer, and in jobs that require repetitive activities such as walking up and down stairs. Patients with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis are also susceptible to tendinitis.
- Individuals with Achilles tendinitis typically experience these symptoms:
- Weakness in the leg
- Pain or tenderness directly over the tendon
- Swelling of the tendon
- Pain in the heel during or after activity
- Pain when climbing stairs or going uphill
- Stiffness in the leg that subsides throughout the day
- Loss of motion in the ankle
If you suspect you may have Achilles tendinitis, the foot and ankle team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group can help you find relief. Conservative treatments include rest, ice, compression of the tendon with an athletic wrap or surgical tape, anti-inflammatory medications, custom orthotics, and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to correct any mechanical causes of the tendon irritation.