Achilles Tendon Pain

If you happen to be a weekend warrior, this article is meant for you! A recent research-based article on Achilles tendon tears actually uses the term “weekend warrior,” when discussing one of the main causes of the injury. Of course, those who regularly participate in sports like tennis, basketball, diving, and track are also susceptible to Achilles tendon tears. In fact, it is estimated that upwards of one-million athletes experience this type of Achilles tendon injury each year.

When Achilles tendon pain occurs whether you are a weekend warrior or athlete, expedient, safe, and trusted orthopedic care is essential to your recovery. Delaying treatment can lead to worsening symptoms and may even be debilitating. EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Foot & Ankle Specialists are fellowship-trained and provide precision diagnosis and treatment to ensure a safe recovery.

Other Achilles Tendon Tear Symptoms

According to research, Achilles tendon injuries are on the rise. It makes sense when considering the placement of the Achilles tendon. As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon is what makes walking, running, and jumping possible. The tendon connects the heel bone and calf muscles. Therefore, when extreme stress impacts the Achilles tendon, a tear can be a natural and painful consequence.

A 3D image depicts an Achilles tendon highlighted in red up the back of the calf muscle. The incidence of Achilles tendon tears is higher in males between the ages of 40 and 50. Additional studies support a secondary common diagnosis age group in men between the ages of 60 and 80 when degeneration is more likely to occur.

In addition to Achilles tendon pain, individuals with an Achilles tendon tear may also experience:

  • Audible noises such as popping or snapping at the time of injury
  • Sensation of a blow or trauma to the lower leg
  • Pain and swelling that worsens with activity or rest as the day progresses
  • Problems with stability and mobility of the ankle and leg
  • Pain and stiffness that centers in the calf muscle
  • Pain in the back of the ankle above the heel

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it is important to consult with an orthopedic physician as soon as possible to avoid further complications.

Treatment Methods for Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Although some Achilles tendon tears can be treated with nonoperative methods, such as a cast and immobilization, there is a higher risk of re-rupture.

More often, an orthopedic expert will recommend surgical intervention to address an Achilles tendon rupture. Our surgeons are skilled at traditional open and minimally invasive techniques to cater treatment to the specific needs of each patient.

The Road to Achilles Rupture Recovery

During the recovery process for an Achilles tendon tear, your orthopedic physician will likely recommend Achilles tendon stretches. Heel cord stretches, towel stretches, and calf raises are all examples of exercises that can help strengthen the supporting muscles surrounding the Achilles tendon.

These may be practiced to help rehabilitate minor Achilles injuries or after an Achilles surgical procedure has been performed (after initial healing takes place). Your orthopedic physician may suggest physical therapy for a period of time to aid in your recovery.

Patients who follow the treatment guidelines and post-operative instructions for Achilles tendon tears are typically able to resume sporting activities.

No matter what type of Achilles tendon injury you have, EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Foot and Ankle experts are here to help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

If you are experiencing Achilles tendon pain or have had an acute injury, do not delay treatment— request a visit now. Or, call us any time at 919-220-5255.