What Does the Achilles Tendon Do?

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

The  Achilles tendon is a fibrous band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bones. This important tendon plays a major role in walking, running, and climbing up stairs by transmitting power from the calf muscles to the foot. The Achilles tendon also allows the foot to be flexed. When the Achilles tendon is injured, symptoms such as pain, swelling, and difficulty walking usually follow. An Achilles tendon rupture, which is a full tearing of the tendon, can be extremely painful and greatly reduce one’s mobility. If you are experiencing any pain in your calves or heels, this may be indicative of an Achilles tendon injury, and it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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