Achilles tendonitis is characterized by pain and inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon is located on the back of the foot, connecting the muscles of the calf to the heel of the foot. The Achilles tendon is for important for walking and running and overuse can often lead to tendonitis, causing severe pain in the back of the heel. Achilles tendonitis can also occur as a result of arthritis among middle aged and elderly people.
Pain when walking or running is the most noticeable symptom of Achilles Tendonitis. Bruising and swelling can also be apparent on the skin around the inflamed area. Pain is most noticeable in the morning after first putting weight on it after waking up. Pain is also noticeable when pushing off or jumping, such as during exercise.
Conservative measures are usually the most effective in alleviating the pain and healing Achilles Tendonitis. Treatment for this condition may include the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin. Limiting stressful activity, such as prolonged running, is an important factor in healing the Tendonitis. Also, stretching properly before exercise is a good way to warm up the tendon before applying excessive strain.
Using an orthotic shoe insert is another conservative way to greatly reduce the symptoms associated with Achilles Tendonitis. The orthotic helps to add corrective support to the heel of the foot and aids in restoring the proper mechanics of the heel to reduce and prevent irritation and strain on the tendon. In most cases this simple treatment provides the most effective results in alleviating Achilles Tendonitis.