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Achilles Tendinitis – Diagnosis and Treatment

The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. The body uses this part for mobility tasks, such as running, walking, or jumping. Intense, repetitive physical activities would inflame the tendon and lead to Achilles tendinitis. In general, there are two forms: insertional Achilles tendinitis and non-insertional Achilles tendonitis. Keep reading to learn more about diagnostic techniques and treatment options for Achilles tendinitis.

Achilles Tendinitis Diagnosis

Physical Exam

During a physical exam, a doctor will check for typical symptoms of Achilles tendinitis, such as swelling, pain, redness, or warmth. He or she needs to take a look and gently touch your heel, tendon, or ankle areas. In addition, you need to provide related information about your lifestyle, medical history, medications you took, and other symptoms. You would also be asked for a test for the range of motion in the ankle. A reduced capability of flexing the foot can be a clear sign of Achilles tendinitis. Based on initial results in the physical exam, more tests would be suggested to determine the underlying cause.[1]