Achilles Tendon Pain and Treatment

How to treat an Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon, linking the heel to the calf, is crucial for activities like running and walking. To treat an injury, follow the R.I.C.E. method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is vital for healing, while ice, compression, and leg elevation help reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers can manage pain, but consulting a healthcare professional is recommended. Physical therapy with targeted exercises aids healing and prevents future injuries. Gradual return to activity, proper footwear, and, if necessary, orthotics are key for long-term recovery.

Within this context, a diverse array of injuries can impact the Achilles tendon, with two prominent categories being a tear and Achillodynia.

Achillodynia

What Is Achillodynia?

Achillodynia is acute pain due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon and the lubricating tissues surrounding the tendon. The clinical picture ranges from irritation to inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Sometimes the tendon or bursa can even rupture.

An Achilles Tendon Rupture (Tear)

The Achilles tendon transmits the power of the calf muscles to the foot and plays a very important part in rolling over the foot. A force equal to eight times your own body weight acts on the tendon when you run. Symptoms occur most often when the tendon is overworked or generally weak. Sports injuries are the most common cause of ruptures of the Achilles tendon.

Symptoms & Treatment

The symptoms of a tear of the Achilles tendon can be:

  • For the patient, it feels like something has snapped or like a sharp blow to the leg. This is accompanied by a loss of strength and the inability to extend the foot.
  • Walking on tiptoes is no longer possible.
  • A gap or depression can typically be felt in the tendon and a reflex can no longer be produced.

What is the recovery process for Achilles tendon injuries:

  • Initial assessment
  • Rest and immobilization
  • R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Medication if needed
  • Physical therapy
  • Gradual return to activity
  • Orthotics or supportive footwear
  • Surgical intervention (if severe)
  • Regular monitoring and adjustments

What bracing is used in the treatment of  Achilles tender injury:

To stop strain wearing an Achilles tendon support, such as the Achimed® by medi, is beneficial for reducing tension. This support, designed for achillodynia, features supportive fabric and a silicone pad to massage the tendon and decrease swelling. Easy to wear like a sock, the Achimed support includes two heel wedges to correct foot position and relieve the Achilles tendon.

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