The damaging stress of repetitive exercise encountered in sports such as tennis, football, and basketball often cause aggravation to the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis can become extremely painful and in severe cases, surgery may be required by your foot doctor to repair the damage.
Depending upon which part of the tendon is affected, there are two types of Achilles tendonitis:
- Insertional Achilles tendonitis—This type involves the lower heel area right at the point where the tendon “inserts” to the heel bone, hence the name. While tendonitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur even in people who are not very active, it usually is associated with years of stress and overuse from running and sports participation.
- Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis—Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis is indicated by a severe degeneration and tearing of the fibers in the middle of the tendon that causes it to swell. This type of tendonitis usually affects younger people who are very active.
In each type of Achilles tendonitis, the damaged tendons may also develop calcite deposits. Growths called heel spurs are more likely to appear in patients with the insertional type of Achilles tendinitis.
A great way to prevent a major injury to your Achilles tendon is to notice any emerging pain developing in your heel while working or exercising and stop what you are doing to check on the extent of the injury. If you give yourself some time to heal when you first notice the symptoms of a tendon strain, you can avoid further, even more debilitating damage.
If you are experiencing the painful symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!