If you’ve had read something or heard something about the Greek mythology, you might have linked the name of this condition to one of the Greek heroes of the Trojan War – Achilles. If you haven’t, maybe you can try checking out the movie “Troy.” This character was brought to life by the famous Brad Pitt. So, a little walk through of this character: He is one brave and strong man who is able to defeat his enemies. However, like many other hero stories, he too has his weak spot and that’s the area right above his ankle – the Achilles tendon.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscle to the heel bone. Now, try pointing your toes. As you do this, notice your calf muscle contracting. Notice this tough band right above your heel bone. That’s the Achilles tendon.
Activities or injurys that produce a sudden tug to your tendon as well as overuse and demanding the tendon too much can cause this condition (Athletes and some people with hobbies that require running, jogging, jumping, etc).
This is also linked to a bone spur (extra bone growth) appearing from where the tendon is attached to the heel bone. This extra bone may put pressure on the tendon which then may cause pain.
After informing your doctor of your level of activity, job-related activities, any injury that might have caused this, he then would need to inspect the affected area for any redness and swelling. Gentle palpation and/or squeezing the area may cause jolting pain. Thickening of the tendon can also be observed. Active and passive ranges of motion may be limited due to pain.
A tendinopathy has two conditions: Tendinitis (inflammation) and Tendinosis (tiny tears). This could be a result of sudden strain to the tendon and oftentimes with overuse of the calf muscle. Sometimes, it leads to worse, tendon tears or rupture.
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