Achilles Tendinosis (Degenerative Tendinopathy)
Achilles tendinosis is a condition in which very small tears form and inflammation occurs in the Achilles tendon. Otherwise known as degenerative tendinopathy, this disorder frequently affects athletes and happens when too much stress is placed on the tendon. Achilles tendinosis is usually a painful but short-lived condition.
Achilles tendinosis may occur as a result of improper technique, overuse, flattening the arch of the foot or trauma. As this stress occurs, symptoms may begin to appear gradually.
Symptoms of Achilles tendinosis include:
- Dull pain while walking
Achilles tendinosis increases your risk of rupturing your Achilles tendon, a condition that requires immediate attention. A ruptured tendon will cause sudden, severe pain and swelling and difficulty walking. Your doctor can diagnose Achilles tendinosis through a physical examination and imaging test.
If you are suffering from Achilles tendinosis, you may be able to treat the condition at home through rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medication. If these methods are ineffective, your doctor may recommend orthotics, a walking boot, crutches or surgery. Surgery removes the inflamed tissue in the area.