Achilles Tendonitis (Tendinopathy) is a condition that involves the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles Tendon is the longest tendon in the body, and its main function is to connect the calf muscles to the heel bone behind the ankle joint. When the calf muscles contract, they pull on the Achilles Tendon, causing your foot to point down and helping you rise on your toes.
Achilles pain occurs just above the back of the heel. Sufferers of this condition also experience tightness in the calf muscles. The Achilles Tendon may be noticeably thickened and tender to the touch in this area. Pain is present when walking, especially when pushing off on the toes.
What causes Achilles Tendonitis?
Continuous and frequent strain on the Achilles tendons causes irritation and inflammation. In extreme cases, this strain may even cause the tendon to rupture. Chronic overuse, especially in athletes and runners, may contribute to changes in the Achilles tendon as well. This overuse may also lead to degeneration and thickening of the tendon.
Tight calf muscles also contribute to Achilles Tendonitis (also called Tendinopathy). As we age, our tendons can degenerate, which means that wear and tear occur in the tendon over time, leading to weakness in the fibers of the tendon.
One of the most common causes for Achilles Tendonitis is the flattening of the arches also known as excessive pronation. When the feet roll inwards and the lower leg is forced to rotate internally, it creates a tearing force on the calf muscles. Since the calf muscles are connected to the Achilles tendon, the Achilles turns out to be the ‘weakest link’ in the chain. The Achilles tendon ends up being overstretched, resulting in irritation and inflammation.
Achilles Tendonitis pain relief and treatment
Simply Feet’s Custom Made Orthotics help prevent over-pronation by reducing the strain on the Achilles tendons, resting the tendons and providing them with an opportunity to heal. Additionally, the orthotic device prevents this condition from worsening, thereby reducing the risk of a tendon rupture.
If you suffer from Achilles Tendonitis the sooner you take steps to rectify the situation the better. Please call us today to schedule your Free Evaluation (520)399-1365.