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My Achilles Tendon Burns
I have a bone spur under my achilles' tendon and have developed synovitis around up my achilles' tendon. Burns and hurts. Can you help?
I cycle a lot (very hilly in HK) and have developed some pain in my left ankle. It burns when I stretch it. Achilles' tendon or something else?
Achilles in back: If you have pain and point tenderness over the large tendon at the back of the ankle, then yes, think Achilles tendonitis. Burning, though, is sometimes a sign of nerve inflammation. The sural nerve can be irritated near the back of the ankle as well. Talking to a doc and/or providing more details could result in more answers. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
Options: It may take a physical examination to get to the bottom of things. Clearly, it could be a "growth" or just an enlargement of existing tissues. The enlargement could be from the bone immediately under the tendon, on the tendon or from the tissues immediately on top of the tendon. Whether it is new growth, part of a repair process or due to mechanical irritation are just some of the subtleties. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of injury. Achilles injuries are very susceptible to not want to heal if progressed sooner than necessary. A strain may take up to 6 weeks to heal, whereas a tear may require surgery and up to 6 months with physical therapy. An exam with possible MRI may be needed if you already have not had one yet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Physical therapy: Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) most of the treatments for Achilles tendon injuries revolve around a good physical therapist. Inquire about a referral to one; or get with your primary care doctor to discuss this further. ...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 it's oxygen, creating occasional cramping and tightening. Good luck. ...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
Several ways: General weight loss and dieting will help. You may also consider massaging the foot and ankle, as well as, hydrotherapy. If you have access to a pool, you may want to sit next to the jet stream and let the jet stream massage both ankles. Exercise, such as walking or running daily, will be beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any injury is: Possible for everyone. Are you doing something in particular that you are concerned may not be a good idea? ...Read more
If Achilles is torn: It is very difficult, or impossible to lift your body up on the affected side while standing on that foot only. To clarify: while holding on to the arm of a chair pick your good leg off the ground. Try to do a toe raise on the bad leg. This is usually not possible with a torn achilles. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
See a doctor: The best way to tell is to have a diagnostic ultrasound done to tell the extent of injury. ...Read more
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