Achilles tendon bursitis is a painful condition that involves inflammation of the fluid filled sac, or bursa, located between the skin of the heel. Posterior Achilles tendon bursitis affects the back of the heel, while anterior Achilles tendon bursitis, also called retromalleolar bursitis, is felt in front of the attachment of the Achilles tendon to the heel bone. Symptoms include swelling, warmth, pain, and a tender spot at the back of the heel. Diagnosis by a podiatrist begins with a discussion of symptoms and a medical history, followed by a physical examination to identify signs of inflammation and tenderness. X-rays may be used to rule out other potential causes of heel pain, and in some cases, an ultrasound or MRI may provide more detailed views. The primary goal is to relieve inflammation and reduce pain. Treatment approaches may vary based on the severity and location of the pain. In rare cases, surgical intervention may be considered. For help in relieving the pain of Achilles tendon bursitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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
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