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AchillesTendon Stretches

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

When someone experiences an Achilles tendon fracture, it is often accompanied by severe pain and discomfort. Some patients find it helpful to perform specific exercises following the initial treatment. This may help to strengthen the Achilles tendon and surrounding areas of the foot. Stretching the toes can be effective in lengthening the Achilles tendon. This is accomplished by pulling the big toe up and back while sitting in a chair. This tendon can also be stretched by standing on a step, and lowering the heel until it gently pulls in the back of the leg. If you have endured this type of injury, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can treat this ailment and guide you toward performing stretches that are correct for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan of Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sandusky, Lapeer, and Marlette, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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