Achilles tendinitis is the longest tendon in the body. In fact, it is the strongest unit in the body along with the soft muscles and the thickest and strongest tendon in the body.
Pain over the back of the heel
The most common problems
Achilles tendon injury is most commonly referred to as tendon tendonosis or tendon rupture (partial or complete). The pain usually occurs above the back of the heel. It often happens that the tendon in this part is also visibly thickened and painful to the touch. The pain is especially pronounced with increased physical activity (running, brisk walking, hiking).
If treatment is not started on time, tears or even complete tendon rupture can occur.
The risk of Achilles tendonitis will be reduced primarily by correcting biomechanical factors. We usually try to treat Achilles tendon diseases conservatively. The Achilles tendon is relieved, and the patient is referred for physical therapy.
We recommend the use of comfortable footwear and custom orthopedic insoles. Use a custom orthopedic insole to correct gait and slightly raise the heel to reduce the tension of the Achilles tendon. In most cases, the pain gradually decreases and usually disappears completely within 1–2 months.
In the initial forms, it makes sense to use only a silicone heel pad.
For all more active sports, it is recommended to slightly reduce the intensity of training. If this is not enough, we decide on an operation in which the heel is relieved, or the Achilles tendon is made.
As a preventive measure, it is very important to warm up properly before major sports efforts and to perform stretching exercises correctly after the activity.