Achilles tendinitis or tendonitis is a foot injury that is becoming more common. In the past, mostly professional athletes suffered from the condition. Today, because far more people are exercising to a high level the condition is becoming more common. Amateur athletes such as runners who spend a lot of time on hard surfaces often suffer from the condition. Even people who simply exercise a lot to stay fit can injure their Achilles tendon. Those who spend hours using jogging machines are particularly at risk.
Others such as those whose feet overpronate can also suffer from the condition. There is also growing evidence that people who suffer from certain forms of arthritis are more prone to the condition.
The problem is that the symptoms often come on slowly and are difficult to recognize. Pain in the heel or along the tendon is the main sign of an injury in this area. Occasionally the area will swell and may feel warm to the touch.
How to Treat Achilles Tendinitis
Mild cases can be treated with rest, painkillers and simple heat treatment. However, if the problem persists or the swelling or pain gets worse it is important to seek medical help. Without treatment from a podiatrist like Premier Foot & Ankle who is based in Plano Achilles tendinitis will only get worse. There is not much blood flow to the Achilles tendon, which is why it is prone to injury. This lack of blood flow also slows down the healing process, which is why specialist treatment is often needed to heal the injury.