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Achilles Tendon Injuries

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Achilles tendon injuries involve damage to the large tendon at the back of the ankle connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. They range from Achilles tendinitis (inflammation) to a ruptured tendon. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking or standing on tiptoes. Treatment depends on severity, from rest, ice, and pain management to physical therapy or surgical repair for severe cases. Early intervention and proper care are crucial for recovery.

Managing Achilles Tendon Injuries

Achilles tendon injuries can range from mild strains to complete tears, requiring different treatments. For mild cases, initial treatments often involve rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). Over-the-counter pain medications can alleviate discomfort. Physical therapy plays a significant role in recovery, focusing on gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Orthotic devices, like heel lifts or shoe inserts, may be recommended to reduce pressure on the Achilles tendon. In severe cases or complete tears, surgery might be necessary, followed by an extensive rehabilitation program. Consulting a healthcare professional is essential to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on the severity of the injury and individual needs.

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