King’s Orthopaedics Department has experts in achilles injuries to ensure you have the optimal treatment and best chance of recovery.
Some of the common types of Achilles injuries include:
- Achilles tendon pain and Tendinitis: This might occur due to damage or overuse of the area causing pain around the heel and down the back of the leg. Tendonitis can cause some parts the Achilles tendon to get thicker and harden and this tends to get worse if left untreated.
- Achilles tendon Rupture: The tendon fibres can tear causing a partial or complete break in the tendon. As this happens, you can hear a ‘pop’’ sound coming from the back of the calf or heel. This may indicate a tendon rupture and immediate medical attention is needed.
The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissues that connects the calf muscles to the heel. Also known as the calcaneal tendon, it is a flexible tendon which helps in everyday activities such as walking, jumping and running as it can withstand a lot of stress and pressure during these activities.
Achilles tendon injuries can be caused by several factors such as:
- Improper footwear
- Overuse or increased intensity of an activity or sport
- Misalignment or exercising on uneven surface
- Tight calf muscles when starting an activity
- Side effects of certain medications
Symptoms of Achilles Injuries
Symptoms of Achilles injuries include:
- Pain near the heel or down the back of the leg
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Pain in the tendon after exercising
- Pain accompanied by swelling and gets worse with activity
- A stiff and sore Achilles tendon when you get up
- Thickening of the tendon
- Bone spurs on the heel bone
- Difficulty in flexing the affected foot
- A ‘pop’ sound accompanied by a sharp pain suggesting a ruptured tendon
Treatment of Achilles Injuries
King’s Orthopaedics Department has experts in Achilles injuries to ensure you have the optimal treatment and best chance of recovery. Treatment of Achilles injuries depend on the type and severity of the injury.
At King’s our team of UK, & European board-certified Achilles injury specialists, offer tailored management and treatment of your condition and are always available to answer any questions that you might have regarding your particular condition.