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Causes Of Achilles Tendon Cramps
I am getting frequent cramps in my achilles tendon. It feels almost like someone is pinching is and holding on. What could be causing this?
Achilles: This could simply be strain from overuse and inadequate footwear, or it could be tendonitis but it would be unusual to have bilateral Achilles tendonitis simultaneously. Try different footwear, rest and, if you can take them, NSAIDS like ibuprofen. Physical therapy may help. If your symptoms persist, see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Achilles tendon injuries are very catastrophic. Usually occurs when the foot is in a fixed plantargrade position and the tibia (shinbone) externally rotates rapidly, and the foot does not release from its flexed state.
Injuries for achilles tendon ruptures also take the longest to resolve, which can be from 8-20 weeks, depending on the amount and time of damage to the tendon. ...Read more
Calf muscles: The gastrocnemius and soleal muscles become the achilles' tendon at the myotendinous junction. If these muscles are tight you will feel it in the achilles' tendon. Stretching exercises are necessary to stretch both muscle groups consult either a podiatrist, physical therapist or your family doc for the appropriate stretches to do. ...Read more
See below...: The diagnosis is clinical- depending on the range of motion and level of pain. Causes are many from genetics, to inactivity to injury to biomechanics. Treatment starts with aggressive stretching, possible physical therapy, and if it's a real problem, surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lack of stretch: If you are not stretching enough and then complicate the issue by trying to exercise by running, etc. You will get a tight achilles. When you overuse the achilles without a proper warmup the calf muscle will lose its oxygen, creating occasional cramping and tightening. 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
Many things: The pain you are experiencing may or may not be connected. Ankle pain can result from arthritis, infections, sprain/strains. Achilles tendon pain may result from tendonitis, tears in the tendon, bone spurs amongst other things. Evaluation by a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedic surgeon would be beneficial. ...Read more
Depends: There are several things it could be. It depends on what your symptoms are. It could be a spur on the back of the heel or it could be an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It also could be partially or fully torn Achilles' tendon. You could try to use ice and immobilization with an ace wrap and decrease your activities and take an NSAID. Otherwise, see a doctor to have it looked at. ...Read more
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