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How to recognize and treat Achilles tendinopathy?

How to recognize and treat Achilles tendinopathy?

Also known as Achilles tendinitis or calcaneal bursitis, it occurs most often when you are dehydrated and is characterized by tendon or heel pain after physical effort, sports or not. This part of the body is very vascularized and therefore very sensitive.

This type of pain often reveals fairly frequent training and also diet issues that are not difficult to remedy if you take the time to understand them. If the symptoms are not addressed in time, your Achilles heel will likely get worse and worse!

Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

On one hand, heel tendinitis is due to aging. Flexibility decreases and resistance to effort becomes less important as well. The tendon can break suddenly in some cases or cause inflammation in giving tendinitis.

If you are athletic and your running technique is bad or you do not stretch enough, you also run the risk of experience this problem. Do not practice sports with worn out shoes or shoes that are commonly used for another sport. Some people may have tendons that are particularly short or narrow.

Other possible causes are also the excess of uric acid in the blood, which can in some cases cause gout and require the establishment of a stricter diet. Having flat feet or hollow feet may play a role in having tendinitis. Not to mention causes that do not seem necessarily linked such as a dental infection or in a more traditional way, a rheumatic disease that may affect you.

Symptoms of Tendinopathy: from intermittent pain to breaking point

There are four distinct steps that can be broken down as follows:

  1. It starts with a sore heel after exercising but the pain goes away when you rest
  2. Then a pain that occurs at the beginning of the effort and reappears when you get tired
  3. A now permanent pain that prevents you from exercising and can intensify with time
  4. And the last step is obviously the total rupture of the tendon.

If you feel any of these symptoms, it is obviously recommended to consult a specialist and not wait until the pain goes away on its own because in most cases it will only get worse.

Recommendations for curing Achilles tendinopathy

Treating tendinitis is not extremely complicated but to heal completely you will need to be patient and follow the advice of your podiatrist.

After the initial consultation, you will benefit from our personalized suggestions such as wearing suitable shoes or the regular practice of stretching exercises in order to remedy the loss of elasticity of your tendon (inevitable as you get older).

The use of orthotics and strengthening exercises are other ways to remedy the situation. As we already said, stretching is also recommended, especially the exercise contraction - relaxation - tension.

Call us at 514.505.3977 to learn more about our care and to make an appointment with our certified podiatrists. Our years of experience speak for us and our team of professionals is the most able to help you effectively in a short amount of time.

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