Achilles Tendon Injury: Causes And Treatments
- Posted on: Apr 30 2015
Achilles Tendon injuries are common among athletes, both amateurs and professionals. The Achilles Tendon is a long tendon stretching from the heel bone to the calf muscles. This tendon is what allows us to point our toes to the ground and stretch our legs, and it can be very painful when injured. Achilles Tendon injuries can cause swelling, and in some severe cases, they can result in partial tearing or complete rupturing of the tendon.
Causes And Treatments
There are multiple causes for an Achilles Tendon injury. Some of the most common include:
- Overuse. Constant pressure or overworking can cause the tendon to get damaged. Intense physical activity can also put pressure on the tendon and cause eventual injury. For women, wearing high heeled footwear can lead to the creation of heavy pressure on the tendon, which ultimately leads to injury.
- Inherent issues with a person’s feet can also cause Achilles tendon injury. For instance, people with flat feet or overpronation end up stretching out the tendon since the arch of their feet collapses and touches the ground every time they walk or stand.
- Abrupt tensing of the tendon through sudden movement can also cause Achilles tendon injury.
In most cases, Achilles tendon injuries can be treated using simple steps such as:
- Propping up the leg using a pillow while sitting or even lying down. Taking anti-inflammatory painkillers. They can significantly reduce pain and swelling. However, it is safer to get medical advise from your doctor as these painkillers can have side effects.
- Using ice as often as possible to reduce the pain. The injury must be iced for 20 to 30 minutes as often as possible until the pain disappears completely.
- Stretching exercises. They can also help strengthen your tendon, but must be done according to the advise of a medical expert.
In severe cases, the use of a cast or surgery maybe required.
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