What Are the Main Causes of Achilles Tendon Pain?

Pain in the Achilles tendon can make your favorite activities, like running, playing basketball, and even walking, too excruciating to endure. You may even have pain when simply standing in place or walking from your bedroom to the kitchen in the morning. 

Achilles tendon pain often indicates you’ve injured or damaged this important tendon. And if it’s not treated, an injury to the Achilles tendon will worsen over time. At Arash A. Dini, MD Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, we want to help. 

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arash Dini and our experienced team have the expertise required to remedy your Achilles tendon pain and get you back on your feet. We outline the main causes of Achilles tendon pain and treatment options to end it. 

The Achilles tendon

You have many tendons, which are strong, fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone, throughout your body. Your Achilles tendons are the strongest and longest tendons in your body.  

Located in the back of the heel, your Achilles tendon plays an important role in helping you walk, run, and jump. It connects the heel bone to the calf muscle and can endure the physical stress needed to help you move.

Why your Achilles tendon hurts

Although your Achilles tendon can take quite a bit of stress, it can become injured when overused. The most common conditions are Achilles tendonitis, which causes swelling, irritation, inflammation, and pain, or a partially torn or ruptured Achilles tendon in which the tendon tears.

There are many different risk factors that contribute to or cause Achilles tendon pain. The most common include:

Remember, it’s important to have your Achilles tendon pain assessed by a medical professional who specializes in these types of injury. Dr. Dini evaluates your pain to identify your injury and recommend the most effective treatment to help you heal without further aggravating the tendon.

How can I get help for my Achilles tendon pain?

Dr. Dini offers customized treatment depending on the cause and nature of your Achilles tendon pain. Conservative treatment, such as rest, ice, immobilization, and elevation, is usually the first tactic used to treat pain. 

Dr. Dini also uses traditional orthopedic medicine as well as innovative methods, such as platelet-rich plasma injections and stem cell therapy, when they’re needed to address the root cause of your pain. 

If you’ve injured your Achilles tendon or are experiencing debilitating or chronic pain in the Achilles area, contact one of our offices in Los Angeles or Encino, California, or book an appointment online today.

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