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Foot & Ankle Services

Expert Care for Achilles Tendonitis

Tendons are strong cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. There are several tendons in the foot and ankle, the largest of which is the Achilles tendon, a band of tissue that connects the calf muscles in the back of the lower leg to the heel bone.

The Achilles tendon is also the most common foot and ankle tendon to become inflamed and painful, often due to overuse. When this happens, it is called Achilles tendonitis.

Schedule an Appointment

The orthopedic specialists at University Hospitals have the advanced skills and experience to treat all foot and ankle conditions, including Achilles tendonitis. To schedule an appointment, call 216-220-9088 or schedule online.

Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

In the earliest stages, Achilles tendonitis may manifest as a mild ache in the back of the calf after running, sprinting, stair-climbing or other athletic activities involving the legs. Pain and burning sensations may become more severe if the activity continues for a long time or if the tendon is injured or torn. Additional symptoms may include:

  • Morning muscle stiffness and pain in the calf muscle
  • Swelling and warmth in the heel or along the tendon
  • Discomfort when standing

The inflammation and weakened muscles associated with Achilles tendonitis may cause foot and ankle instability and lead to further injuries, such as a sprained ankle.

Who Is at Risk for Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis can occur in anyone but is most common in those with an active lifestyle, including athletes. Runners who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their runs are at higher risk as are older adults who occasionally engage in sudden bursts of sports activity such as tennis or basketball.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Achilles Tendonitis

The highly trained orthopedic experts at University Hospitals diagnose Achilles tendonitis based on a physical exam, the patient’s medical history and lifestyle and their description of the pain and its location. Imaging tests may also be used to rule out more serious problems that could be causing the pain.

If Achilles tendonitis is suspected or confirmed, the following treatments may be recommended:

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Our orthopedic experts offer in-person and virtual visits. Call 216-220-9088 or schedule your visit online today.