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Doctor insights on: Knot On Achilles Tendon

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I have a knot on my right Achilles tendon, what should I do?

I have a knot on my right Achilles tendon, what should I do?

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.

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I am experiencing heel and back of ankle pain. On the Achilles' tendon area, higher up in the leg, there is an indention and then a knot above it.

I am experiencing heel and back of ankle pain. On the Achilles' tendon area, higher up in the leg, there is an indention and then a knot above it.

Achilles Rupture: As a sports medicine physician/Trainer I bring some expertise to answering this question. Additionally, I suffer from chronic Achilles tendinitis and once sustained a partial rupture running to catch a bus! This may be a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon or it may be tender nodularity of the calf muscles due to myofasciitis. A rupture limits mobility and ROM of the ankle join. Come see me!

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Can I tear my Achilles tendon?

Can I tear my Achilles tendon?

You could: Achilles tendon rupture can result from an injury, and the degree of pain and disability depends on how extensive the tear is. Sometimes there is a palpable knot in the back or above the back of the heel, and bearing weight there is quite painful and/or difficult. See a doctor as soon as possible for a proper evaluation. Good luck!

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Why does my Achilles tendon hurt?

See below: More information would be nice, such as when it hurts did you injure it. Achilles pain tends to be caused by 2 things. 1. Hyperextension 2. Direct trauma

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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.

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How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use a heel lift in your shoes to take pressure off the achilles tendon. If persists see a podiatrist.

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Where is the Achilles tendon located?

Anatomy: The achilles tendon is composed of 2 different muscles that start on the back side of your thigh and leg; they join together and then insert on the back portion of your heel or calcaneus.

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How did the Achilles tendon get its name?

Its a Myth: This may be the origin Achilles is the name of the Greek mythological hero of the Trojan War.

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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.

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How can you strengthen an Achilles tendon?

Physical therapy: If you are recuperating from an injury, consider asking your doc about physical therapy.

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What is achilles' tendon transfercsurgery?

Achilles Tendon Surg: Achilles tendon transfer surgery is where the tendon is moved from the back of your heel forward to the top of your heel. This is done with neurologically spastic patients where you want the tendon to work but not so powerfully.

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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.

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How can I keep my Achilles tendon healthy?

Stretching: Key to keeping achilles healthy and functional is to keep it supple by stretching and maintaining flexibility. Proper nutrition and maintaining normal BMI helps too.

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How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

Often clinical dx: The signs of this are often fairly typical and a physician is usually able to tell with a simple examination; both palpation of the tendon and a test call the thompson test are easy techniques. A surgeon may order an MRI for preoperative planning if needed.

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Bets way to deal with Achilles tendon pain?

Rest / Rehabilitate: Treatment for mild achilles tendon problems includes rest, immobilization, and anti-inflammatory medication. You may benefit with well-cushioned shoes with a slight heel lift. Treatment for severe problems, such as a torn or ruptured tendon, may include surgery or immobilization via a cast, splint, brace, or walking boot, exercise, either in physical therapy or in a rehab program can also help.

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How can I know if I tore my achilles' tendon?

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.

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What can I do for pain in my Achilles tendon?

What can I do for pain in my Achilles tendon?

Rest and rehab: The problem with achilles tendon is the poor circulation for healing. So it takes longer to heal than other tendons or muscles. First rest and ice the tendon to reduce the inflammation. Then stretching (dynamic and static) to reduce the tension on the tendon that causes it to get sore. First get eval by a podiatrist then they will guide you when physical therapy is right.

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What happens if you tear your Achilles tendon?

Several things: You will have trouble pointing your toes to the floor. The back of your foot will be swollen and painful.

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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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