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Autoimmune Diseases And Achilles Tendon
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How far does the Achilles tendon ascend in the leg? What is a common diagnostic tool to diagnose injury/disease of the tendon that isn't ruptured?
Can topical steroid ointments for eczema have any affect whatsoever on tendon disorders? Recovering from levaquin-induced bilateral Achilles damage.
Pain: A full achille's tendon tear causes severe pain in the back of your leg, difficulty walking on the affected leg and possibly a "snapping" sound at the time of injury. A partial tear will cause pain and weakness in the affected leg. You need to see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
Ice: I tell my patients up to 4 times a day for about 15-20 min. Do not apply directly on skin. Wrap ice in a small towel to prevent burns. ...Read more
Ice, rest and heel l: Achilles tendons have poor blood supply. Therefore they tend to heal from injury slowly. It is important to rest the tendon. Apply ice and use a heel lift to reduce pressure on the tendon. Also use of a running shoe, with good heel support may be beneficial. If ipain does not improve, see a sports podiatrist. ...Read more
Stretch!: Make sure you do your warm-up and cool down stretches consistently. Check your shoes and make sure they are not wore out. Adding an arch support or heel pad may be beneficial. Temporarily hold back on your exercise intensity or duration. Ice, use of antiinflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help. If these things do not work, of there is swelling and difficulty walking see a podiatrist. ...Read more
Multiple treatments: First, discontinue any optional activity causing pain (sports, running). If your symptoms are acute, then anti-inflammatories and icing can help. Aleve (naproxen) or advil are options. For those patients limping, we often use a tall walking boot with a possible heel lift. Diagnostically, an MRI or ultrasound can help determine whether a tear is present or not. Pt is helpful for most. No cortisone injections. ...Read more
See a doctor: This is often a sign of a partial tear, but certainly some sort of damage to the area. Get it healed up before it gets worse. ...Read more
See below: It assists in pulling the foot downward or plantar flexion of the foot. ...Read more
Achilles: Without examining you it is impossible to say definitively. See your treating physician for an evaluation and advice. ...Read more
See a doctor: Seeing a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon would be a start. A proper examination, with possibly other studies such as ultrasound or MRI can make the diagnosis and start you on appropriate treatment. Achilles tendon ruptures can take longer to heal, or get worse without proper treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Bursitis: Popping of a tendon is usually either chronic dislocating or the tendon rubbing an adjacent structure. Since the achilles really can't dislocate, it is likely rubbing on a small, fluid-filled sac underneath called the retrocalcaneal bursa. If it is painful and avoiding irritating shoes doesn't improve things, see a podiatrist. Sometimes a steroid injection can help. ...Read more
If its truely: Mild you should be able to wak but be slow until you feel normal. ...Read more
Gap and weakness:
A gap that you can feel where your achilles should be in the back of your leg/ankle (compare with normal side), and weakness during foot pushoff are signs of a possible rupture.
Normally people describe being shot in the back of the leg with an achilles rupture.
Further clinical evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will confirm your suspicion. An MRI is not usually required. ...Read more
Achilles problems: Sometimes an in jury to this area feels like a popping and it immediately causes sharp pain and a limp. Pain at the back of the heel, worsened by walking barefoot or trying to toe-raise are also signs. See your local podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Severe: Pain, sweling, unable to point toes downward. Often hear or feel a loud pop. Extreme difficulty or inability to walk. ...Read more
Achilles' tendon: The Achilles' tendon is comprised of 4 tendons. The medial and lateral gastrocnemius, the plantaris tendon and the soleus tendon. It originates above the knee around the distal femur and attaches to the heel. So answer is just above your knee joint. ...Read more
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