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Achilles Tendon Injury

Date: 2024-06-22

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Ching-Yueh Lin, MD

Overview

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. It connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. However, this tendon is also the most common site of rupture or tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse.

Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse of the tendon and calf muscles. Symptoms may include mild pain after exercise that worsens gradually, stiffness that disappears after the tendon warms up, and swelling.

 

Treatment
Treatment options may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  •  Supportive devices and/or bandages for the muscle and tendon
  •  Stretching
  •  Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Surgery
  • Rest

 

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