Achilles Tendonitis is characterized by pain and occasional swelling at the back of the heel. The patient will experience a tightness of the calves and pain when wearing footwear that rubs against the tendon. If left untreated, Achilles Tendonitis may rupture, and then will require surgical repair.
Doctor's Treatment Plan
The treatment involves reducing any swelling, followed by a series of stretching exercises. Much of the pain can be reduced by simply avoiding further aggravation: a change of footwear, activity, or treatment designed to alleviate pressure on the tendon and the back of the heel.
The treatment is much like that above: the individual patient needs to be evaluated and his/her condition addressed; swelling must be reduced and a regimen of care needs to be prescribed and followed. However, in chronic cases the patient may also be referred to a podiatrist for orthotic work.
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