What to do about persistent Achilles pain?

Injuries to the Achilles tendon affect people of all ages, but are particularly prevalent in athletes and older adults. The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. Pain in this area can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, or degeneration due to aging.

The most common symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and stiffness in the Achilles tendon. In severe cases, the pain may be accompanied by a popping or snapping sensation, difficulty walking or standing on the affected foot, or even weakness in the calf muscle.

Treatment for Achilles tendon pain typically begins with conservative measures such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. Stretching and strengthening exercises can also be helpful in reducing pain and improving mobility. New footwear, strapping tape and/or orthotics can also to help improve posture and reduce stress on the affected area. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the damaged tendon.

It’s important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing persistent pain in your Achilles tendon, as untreated or mismanaged pain can lead to further damage and complications. A podiatrist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your individual case and get you on the road to recovery.

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