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Doctor insights on: Why Do The Achilles Tendon In My Feet Hurt

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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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Foot pain, started with Achilles tendon and now foot is swollen, hurts to bear weight and heel and arch of foot hurt, ankle area no longer hurts.?

Foot pain, started with Achilles tendon and now foot is swollen, hurts to bear weight and heel and arch of foot hurt, ankle area no longer hurts.?

Stretches do help: A fellow sufferer here, as well as several MDs in our practice. The stretches on the link below do help, you will see progressive improvement. We all had a great deal of success with them. In fact I used to have relapses until I got religious about doing these.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/plantar-fasciitis/multimedia/foot-stretches-to-prevent-plantar-fasciitis/img-2000823 ...Read more

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I' did an Achilles tendon lengthening (z plasty)because I had 6cm equinus problem.6 months after, I still feel my feet weak and my walking is bad. Why?

I' did an Achilles tendon lengthening (z plasty)because I had 6cm equinus problem.6 months after, I still feel my feet weak and my walking is bad. Why?

Muscular weakening.: When you have a muscle lengthened, you lose at least one grade of muscle strength. It can take up to a year before the muscle returns to 'somewhat' normal. You should be in therapy in order ro regain your muscle strength. Consult your podiatrist for exercises or go to a therapist. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of intense pain in my Achilles tendon, calves, and arches of my feet when I run?

How can I get rid of intense pain in my Achilles tendon, calves, and arches of my feet when I run?

Orthotics: I suggest you also change running shoes. Most important see a podiatrist they will keep you running. ...Read more

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Have spur on the back of my foot and below my heel. Achilles tendinitis (visible on the back of my foot). Pain is excruciating 24-7-365. What can I do?

Have spur on the back of my foot and below my heel. Achilles tendinitis (visible on the back of my foot). Pain is excruciating 24-7-365. What can I do?

Over used heel.: It sounds like you are describing a posterior calcaneal spur with associated Achilles tendinitis. Stopping, or severely reducing, the pull of the Achilles tendon is the first line of treatment. Application of heat and/or cold will help, but the tendinitis inflammation must be reduced and off loading is the best way. Elevated heels on your shoes may help. An evaluation by a specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 11 months ago but ankle is still weak and stiff. Could it be causing my ball of foot pain? Perhaps plantar fasciitis? Achilles t?

Sprained ankle 11 months ago but ankle is still weak and stiff. Could it be causing my ball of foot pain? Perhaps plantar fasciitis? Achilles t?

Sprain or fracture: Was it x-rayed? If it is not a missed fracture or widened mortise, your inactivity could be a cause. Failure to dorsiflex your foot fully will cause metatarsalgia-forefoot pain. Plantar fasciitis although it is a really different problem is about the underside of the heel and is actually a bursa. If it was neg/x-ray start runner's stretches and get the ankle loose. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 8 months ago. Xrays said just sprain. I rested/limped for months. Can resting too long cause bottom of foot pain/achilles pain, tightness?

You may of: Overcompensated and now have both achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Stretching exercises are good for these problems. Wearing a night splint is also good for this. ...Read more

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Can resting sprained ankle/no rehab and limping for months after the injury cause achilles tightness and bottom of foot pain (metatarsalgia, plantar f)?

Compensation....: Limping for months, with or without pain, can cause a change in the mechanics of your normal walk. This is known as compensatory change or compensation. As the body compensates, you can expect that new problems such as muscle tightness and weight shifting will develop. Treating these new symptoms can be even more challenging than treating the original ones. A Healthtap specialist can help. ...Read more

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Had an impact injury on foot. When I point my toe downwards hard, and bring it back up, my Achilles tendon in the two spots on both sides hurts bad.

Achilles tendon: Sounds like you injured your achilles tendon. If there is even a small chance of a partial tear, you need to treat this, may need mri, need to immobilize ankle. Se your local podiatrist, don't fool around with an achilles tendon injury (note this is advice only. You must contact your primary care physician or podiatrist for an examination). ...Read more

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My Achilles tendon is in agonizing severe pain in both feet. Absolutely nothing relives the pain. My knee and side of hip even hurts. I can't stand.?

Why are you waiting.: You need to have yourself examined by a specialist and it sounds like it should happen sooner, rather than later. Pain, as you are experiencing, could mean a serious issue is at hand. I suggest a visit to urgent care for direction. ...Read more

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I'm aware you can't pull your foot downward if you tear your Achilles tendon. But can you raise it?

Yes: If u rupture your achilles' tendon completely your ability to plantar flex ('pull down' your ankle) will be minimal. (rarely an intact plantaris tendon will allow minor plantar flexion). However your ability to dorsiflex (pull back) your ankle is maintained as these tendons are not injured (tib. Anterior, edl). ...Read more

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I am bothered by discomfort in my foot. Starts at the Achilles tendon and goes to the outside of my foot. It doesn't bother all the time. Thoughts?

I am bothered by discomfort in my foot. Starts at the Achilles tendon and goes to the outside of my foot. It doesn't bother all the time. Thoughts?

Peroneal tendonitis: You should get examined with diagnostic testing such as us or x-ray. It sounds like peroneal tendonitis which can start at the achilles area and be painful on the outside of the foot. Does it hurt when your foot inverts? ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had an Achilles tendon injury on both feet?

Has anyone ever had an Achilles tendon injury on both feet?

Yes, BUT.....: Bilateral achilles' tendinitis/bursitis is a feature of the seronegative spondyloarthopathies, but it is usually unilateral are injuries. Nonetheless, it must be excluded. Of historical note is that larry bird in his last nba years had bilateral achilles' problems. They were treated as injury and took months to heel. The man from "french lick" was seen by me in the mid-90's.He has psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the small lumps on the back of my foot near my Achilles tendon?

Piezogenic papules: "small lumps" could be due to a variety of skin or soft tissue conditions. One common cause is piezogenic pedal papules which are small white bumps that may form on the outside of the heel. These bumps are more prominent when pressure is exerted on the feet when standing. These papules are normally painless, however, in some cases mild to moderate pain may exist with added pressure to the heel. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a really bad pain in my Achilles tendon and I'm sure I know why, I slept with my cover against my foot and it held it down?

I woke up this morning with a really bad pain in my Achilles tendon and I'm sure I know why, I slept with my cover against my foot and it held it down?

You may be right: ...but persistent or worsening pain may warrant medical evaluation please. Consider also what activities you were engaged in yesterday, as additional contributors to your tendon discomfort today--and you may want to avoid repeating those. ...Read more

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What should I do about the intense pain in the back of my foot? In Achilles tendon.

What should I do about the intense pain in the back of my foot? In Achilles tendon.

Stretch!: Make sure you do your warm-up and cool down stretches consistently. Check your shoes and make sure they are not wore out. Adding an arch support or heel pad may be beneficial. Temporarily hold back on your exercise intensity or duration. If these things do not work, see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have pain in my ankle by my Achilles tendon and a little lower there is swelling on the inside of my foot what would it be?

I have pain in my ankle by my Achilles tendon and a little lower there is swelling on the inside of my foot what would it be?

Tendinosis: The pain is likely at the insertion of the Achilles tendon and represents inflammation, and even possible partial tear of the fibers and the lump represents active repair. If the lump is pain free, no worries. If it is painful then you need to see your orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and management. ...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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I broke my foot 5th metatarsal 4 weeks ago, wearing boot, now sharp shooting pains in Achilles tendon? Very painful.

Fracture: The best action is to see your treating physician. I find many of my patients using cam walkers - regardless of the extent of instruction - using them incorrectly on follow up visits. This MAY explain your pain - but see your Doc for the help you need. ...Read more

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I have pain on the outside of my foot. Dr said it was Achilles' tendon heel spur. How can this be if the swelling and pain are on the side?

GOOD POINT: That's a good point. A retrocalcaneal spur should hurt directly behind the heel bone. Talk to your doctor again; make sure he/she knows exactly where the pain is located, and ask them this same question. ...Read more

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I have a painless lump on my anterior tibialis ligament and my Achilles tendon on my left foot. No trauma. What could it be.

This could be one of: Several possibilities the most common being a ganglion cyst or possibly a small fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it changes in size or you are not sure concerning what it is especially if it is firm, irregular and appears fixed (not mobile) get it checked out. ...Read more

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I am partially paralyzed due to a stroke and my doctor wants to cut my Achilles tendon to free my foot up. Is this the only way?

I am partially paralyzed due to a stroke and my doctor wants to cut my Achilles tendon to free my foot up. Is this the only way?

You're so young: Hi!
at 37 years old, I would seriously hesitate to have my achilles tendon cut. Please get a 2nd or 3rd opinion before doing something permanent. Not saying it's wrong - it's just I would explore all other options first. Acupuncture may be effective here. At least worth a try before surgery! ...Read more

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I have some sort of bump/wart on the back foot above the heel and below the Achilles tendon. What could it be? I've had for almost a year.

I have some sort of bump/wart on the back foot above the heel and below the Achilles tendon. What could it be? I've had for almost a year.

May be callous: If it is on a place where your shoe rubs the skin, it may be a callous. You may try different shoes that do not rub on that site. ...Read more

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Hit on right heel by shopping cart foot bent under cart heard a pop in my plantar fascia now pain bottom of foot & Achilles tendon what to do?

Hit on right heel by shopping cart foot bent under cart heard a pop in my plantar fascia now pain bottom of foot & Achilles tendon what to do?

Start Now.: By the sound of it, likely a fascia injury and possibly some involvement with the Achilles tendon. These are initially treated in the RICE fashion. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) This will help with the swelling and pain. Avoid bearing weight on the foot until it can be examined and the true extent of the injury can be determined. Use Crutches until you can see a foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Had shot of dextrose (prolotherapy) in my achilles' tendon 3hrs ago & my heel & bottom back half of my foot is numb still. Should it be still numb?

Had shot of dextrose (prolotherapy) in my achilles' tendon 3hrs ago & my heel & bottom back half of my foot is numb still. Should it be still numb?

Maybe: The injection could have also contained a local anesthetic, which can last anywhere between 2 to 12 hours. There is a small chance that a nerve was bruised during the injection as well, which could cause some numbness. Either way, it should return to normal after some time. ...Read more

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Lump on Achilles tendon. Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot. Drs r stumped! Very painful all the time. Any ideas?

Lump on Achilles tendon. Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot. Drs r stumped! Very painful all the time. Any ideas?

It is odd: That nothing would show on the mri! was the MRI performed with and without contrast. Soft tissues are usually very well defined on an mri. Any type of mass or even swelling would normally show on the study. ...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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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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