Achilles Tendon Problems (cont.)
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Symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy may include:
Symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture may include:
If you have a partial rupture (tear) of the Achilles tendon, you may have near-normal strength and less pain after the initial injury, compared to what you experience after a complete rupture.
Achilles tendinopathy starts with repeated small tears in the tendon, causing no obvious symptoms or mild to severe pain during movement. As the tearing continues, the leg may weaken and the tendon pain may become constant. Abnormal growths (nodules) may develop in the tendon. And it may thicken.
Resting and treating your injured Achilles tendon will likely reduce the pain. Stretching and exercising in physical therapy or a rehabilitation (rehab) program will restore flexibility and strength in your lower leg. Warming up the lower leg and Achilles tendon will help promote healing and keep the condition from getting worse as you resume more intense activities, such as sports or stair climbing.
Without rest and treatment of Achilles tendinopathy, you may develop long-lasting (chronic) pain.
Achilles tendon tear or rupture
A tear usually occurs in the tendon about 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) above its attachment to the heel bone. Some doctors believe that this area is most likely to tear or rupture because of a limited blood supply.
If you treat an Achilles rupture with:
If you do not treat an Achilles rupture, you will feel weakness in the first steps when walking, with a feeling similar to that of walking in the sand. Eventually, walking will become difficult.
Other Achilles tendon problems
Other conditions can affect the Achilles tendon area alone or along with tendinosis. These other conditions are caused by inflammation and include:
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