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Doctor insights on: Tightness In Achilles Tendon Diagnosis

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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

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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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 are some solutions for tight hamstrings, quads, and Achilles tendon?

What are some solutions for tight hamstrings, quads, and Achilles tendon?

Eccentric exercises: The best solution for tight hamstrings and achilles are stretching and eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises load and strengthen muscle as a muscle lengthens versus when it shortens. For the hamstring my favorite is the nordic exercise. For the achilles my favorite is reverse toe raises (heel drops) on an elevated surface such as a stair or step. ...Read more

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Very tight Achilles tendon and calves causing amazing pain. What should I do?

Very tight Achilles tendon and calves causing amazing pain. What should I do?

Stretching program.: If you have already started a stretching program on your own and still have a problem formal physical therapy can often help . Some patient are unable to overcome this problem with therapy and may requiresurgery to loosen the muscle9s) or the tendon. ...Read more

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Can someone help me verify that this is an Achilles tendon injury? It feels tight and hurts when i stretch.

See below: If you only have tightness and slight pain when you stretch it is probably not an achilles tendon injury. If you have pain on walking or exercising then it may be. ...Read more

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What type of streches/exercises can I do to at home to stretch my 10 months old baby's Achilles tendon; ankles are very tight and never puts foot flat?

What type of streches/exercises can I do to at home to stretch my 10 months old baby's Achilles tendon; ankles are very tight and never puts foot flat?

See doctor first: I would not advise doing any stretches on your baby's feet or ankles without first checking with the pediatrician, preferably a pediatric orthopedist or podiatrist. While stretching may be helpful, it can also cause problems such as subluxing joints or tearing or rupturing soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels). ...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 it's oxygen, creating occasional cramping and tightening. Good luck. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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