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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Achilles Tendon Cramps

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Achilles tendon repair, can it cause cramp?

Achilles tendon repair, can it cause cramp?

Yes: Cramps can certainly happen after surgery. If extremely painful the could be a DVT which needs to be checked asap. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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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?

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

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What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

Direct trauma: 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

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Can sciatica cause Achilles Tendon pain? Thx!

Can sciatica cause Achilles Tendon pain? Thx!

Yes: Sciatica can cause pain in the area of the Achilles, but does not constitute true tendon pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a tight Achilles tendon?

What are the causes of a tight Achilles tendon?

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

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What causes burning stinging in the Achilles tendon?

What causes burning stinging in the Achilles tendon?

Tendonitis or : Partial tear are most common reasons. Try rest and supportive shoes with slight heel. If still a problem, see specialist. ...Read more

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How is a tight Achilles tendon diagnosed, what causes it, and how it can be treated?

How is a tight Achilles tendon diagnosed, what causes it, and how it can be treated?

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 more

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What can cause Achilles tendon pain?

What can cause Achilles tendon pain?

Tendinitis.: If the tendon is inflammed, it results in Achilles tendinitis. The pain is usually resolved with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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What causes one's Achilles tendon to tear?

What causes one's Achilles tendon to tear?

Trauma: Most likely cause. There are medications that can cause the achilles to tear. ...Read more

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What causes your Achilles tendon to tighten?

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

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What can cause a partial Achilles tendon tear?

Many things: Usually achilles tendon tears are caused by rapid contraction of your calf muscle while your foot is being dorsiflexed. Some medical conditions and prescription drugs can weaken tendons and place you at greater risk for injury. ...Read more

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What can cause my Achilles tendon to keep popping?

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

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What can cause you to have constant itchy Achilles tendon?

What can cause you to have constant itchy Achilles tendon?

Irritation: If the shoes rubs on the tendon it can irritate the skin and create an itching feeling. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden sharp pain in the achilles' tendon area?

What could cause sudden sharp pain in the achilles' tendon area?

Tendinitis: Tendinitis or inflammation in the tendon could occur suddenly. Consider anti inflammatory medication, stretching and gel heel pads. If pain persists, see your orthopedist. ...Read more

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What would cause a post op infection in the Achilles tendon?

What would cause a post op infection in the Achilles tendon?

Surgical risks: A risk of any surgery, albeit small, is infection. It is more common to be caused by the skin flora you already carry but can be caused by others, especially if a dressing or cast becomes soiled before full healing of the skin has been achieved. ...Read more

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What can cause unexplained pain in my ankle and achilles' tendon?

What can cause unexplained pain in my ankle and achilles' tendon?

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

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My calf hurts to touch around the Achilles tendon? What causes this?

My calf hurts to touch around the Achilles tendon? What causes this?

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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What could cause pain under my achilles' tendon (where the tendon attaches to the heel)?

What could cause pain under my achilles' tendon (where the tendon attaches to the heel)?

A spur: Or bone protrusion, an inflammed bursal sac, a tear in the tendon, degeneration or inflammation of the tendon are all real possibilities... ...Read more

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What can cause my Achilles tendon to hurt?

Overuse: It could be over stretch from too much activity. Trauma would create pain. ...Read more

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What could be causes for an Achilles tendon repair operation swelling?

What could be causes for an Achilles tendon repair operation swelling?

Swelliing is normal: Swelling afetr an operation is normal. If you are swelling very badly you should return to your surgeon for evaluation. Elevating the leg and compression wraps are helpful to reduce or manage the swelling. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the back of my heel near the end of the Achilles tendon?

What could cause pain in the back of my heel near the end of the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles' tendon: Itself could be inflamed or degenerated, there may be calcification in the tendon, you can have an inflamed burase, a posterior heel spur or a haglund's deformity which is a protrusion of bone at the superior posterior aspect of the heel bone. ...Read more

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Can arterial occlusion near the knee cause a vein or tributary to stick out slightly above the Achilles tendon?

Can arterial occlusion near the knee cause a vein or tributary to stick out slightly above the Achilles tendon?

If there is a : Problem with the artery being occluded I would imagine you would have some sort of pain. Conclusions in arteries are not good. An occlusion in an artery would not cause your vein to bulge if anything is the occlusion was a clot the artery itself might be a little thicker. ...Read more

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When I curl the toes in L foot there is pain at top of Achilles tendon/gastroc tendon rght below the calf also feel twitches in calf. Probable causes?

When I curl the toes in L foot there is pain at top of Achilles tendon/gastroc tendon rght below the calf also feel twitches in calf. Probable causes?

See your doctor: It is difficult to localize the lesion without both understanding the history of the discomfort, nor an examination which can help determine any other associated signs/symptoms. Because of where the muscles and the nerves traverse along the leg, it could be a variety of things. Please consult with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can popliteal artery entrapment syndrome cause swelling around the ankle region with a palpable bulge along the lateral aspect of the achilles tendon?

Can popliteal artery entrapment syndrome cause swelling around the ankle region with a palpable bulge along the lateral aspect of the achilles tendon?

Varies: It varies somewhat on what structures are involved. Compressuon of the popliteal artery alone would usually cause primarily arterial inflow issues, but if the venous structures are involved, then venous outflow problems can cause swelling in the leg and foot. It is probably a lot more common, though, that you also have a condition in your foot/ ankle that is contributing. Be seen if concerned. ...Read more

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If I strained/sprained my Achilles tendons 10 years ago and they still get achey sometimes, is there anything I can do about that? Cause for concern?

Eccentric strength: You likely have some degeneration of your Achilles which led to the "sprain" in the first place and now causes achy pain. Your sports med provider can prescribe a series of specific eccentric resistance exercises that have been shown in many studies to be the best non-surgical treatment for Achilles tendinopathy. You are at slight higher risk for a complete tear, but I wouldn't be too concerned. ...Read more

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Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Yes: Multiple ankle sprains can lead to micro tears in the achilles and other ligaments around the area. An MRI would indicate if you have torn the achilles and to what extent. ...Read more

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What causes degenerative tears and syrinx in both Achilles tendons?

What causes degenerative tears and syrinx in both Achilles tendons?

Weak tendon sheath: Degenerative tears in the achilles are caused by a weak sheath that covers the tendon itself. Since the sheath protects the tendon and gives it's nourishment, if it is congenitally weaker it will create tears. This is also made worse by Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levoquin antibiotics and some statin drugs.
A syrinx is a cavity in the spinal cord (short for syringomyelia), not in the achilles. ...Read more

Achilles Tendon (Definition)

Your achilles tendon attaches from your calf muscle to the ...Read more