Achilles Tendinopathy

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Achilles Tendinopathy

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What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed or strained.

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. When you walk, run, jump, or climb stairs, it pulls on the heel bone. If you have Achilles tendinopathy, your tendon can become inflamed (swollen) or strained (stretched). This can cause pain and make it difficult to move your ankle.

Achilles injuries are common among athletes who run or play sports that involve jumping, running, and sudden stopping or starting motions—such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, etc.—but anyone can get an Achilles injury if they overuse their leg muscles for too long without giving them time to rest.

What are the types of Achilles Tendinopathy?

There are two types of Achilles tendinopathy:

  • Insertional tendinopathy, which is pain at the calcaneus-Achilles tendon junction. This typically occurs after an individual experiences an increase in training intensity.
  • Non-insertional tendinopathy, which refers to 2 to 6 cm proximal to the insertion of the Achilles tendon into the calcaneus. This type of tendinopathy typically occurs when there has been little change in training intensity and no previous history of Achilles issues.                

What are the causes of Achilles Tendinopathy?

The most common cause of Achilles tendinopathy is overuse, which can happen when you push yourself too hard by doing activities like running or jumping on hard surfaces.

Other causes include:

  • high heels
  • flat feet or fallen arches
  • poorly fitted shoes

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy?

The symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy include:

  • Pain in the back of the ankle
  • Pain behind the heel
  • Swelling or inflammation on the back of your ankle
  • Swollen calf muscles
  • Pain in the back of your heel or lower leg
  • Swelling of the Achilles tendon
  • Tightness, stiffness, or weakness in the calf muscles

What are the risk factors for Achilles Tendinopathy?

The most common risk factor is overuse, which can cause the tendon to become inflamed. The tendon may also develop small tears or become inflexible. This can cause pain and make it difficult to walk or exercise. Other risk factors include

-Age

Achilles tendinopathy occurs most often in middle-aged adults between 40 and 70 years old. It is rare for children or older adults to develop this condition.

-Gender

Men are more likely than women to develop Achilles tendinopathy, but both men and women can be affected by this disorder.

-Certain activities

Some activities place more stress on your Achilles tendon than others do, so if you participate in these activities often (such as running), it can increase your risk of developing Achilles tendinopathy over time. These activities include running, walking on uneven surfaces (like grass), jumping rope or playing tennis and basketball with high impact moves (like jumping up into the air).

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Achilles Tendinopathy?

In order to treat this condition, you need to rest from whatever activities are causing the problem and then start doing exercises that will strengthen the affected area. Here are some exercises that you can do at home:

Circumduction

This exercise helps improve flexibility in your ankle joint by alternating between pointing your toes straight ahead and curling them under you in a circular motion.

Active Plantarflexion/Dorsiflexion

This exercise strengthens the muscles in your lower leg and foot by contracting them while pushing against resistance provided by a towel or other object placed under your foot when lying on your back with one leg bent at the knee while keeping the other straight. You should feel a stretch in the heel area of your bent leg during this exercise which helps relieve tension on the tendon connecting it to its attachment point on top of your heel bone when done correctly!

What are the treatments for Achilles Tendinopathy?

There are several treatments for Achilles tendinopathy, including:

  • Resting the affected area.
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Using a brace to provide extra support for your foot and ankle while you’re walking or running.

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What brace is used for Achilles Tendinopathy?

The ankle brace is used for Achilles Tendinopathy.

The ankle brace is used for Achilles Tendinopathy. It can help ease the pain of your condition, and it can also help you get back to your life as soon as possible. In fact, there are many people who have been able to return to their normal activities within just a few days of using an ankle brace.

Ankle braces are made from soft material that helps to support your ankle, so that it does not put any pressure on your Achilles tendon. They come in different sizes and shapes, so there’s no need for you to worry about finding one that fits perfectly.

Ankle braces are very easy to put on and take off (you can do it yourself), which means that you can wear them during all of your day-to-day activities without having to worry about them getting in the way or causing any discomfort while wearing them.

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