Achilles tendonitis is a condition cause by the inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle, which is known as the Achilles Tendon. The most common cause of Achilles Tendonitis is during sporting activities. When you overuse the Achilles tendon, it can become inflamed which in turn cause swelling and pain. Other un-common causes of Achilles tendonitis can be changes in shoes, exercise routines, or even people who run long distances or up hills.
Achilles Tendonitis can result in an Achilles Tendon rupture if left untreated. When the Achilles Tendon ruptures, there is usually a loud snap or pop that people around you can here. This is a serious orthopedic condition that requires immediate treatment and possible surgery to reattach the tendon. There is also a long rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon ruptures, sometimes approaching 1 year.
The best way to avoid Achilles Tenon rupture is proper conditioning, stretching and protection. Stretching the hamstrings and Achilles Tendon is the best approach to reducing the chances of rupturing the Achilles Tendon.
Conservative treatment for Achilles Tendonitis involves ice to the tendon, with rest and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain and swelling. Immobilization with a walking boot (like the AirCast XP walker shown) is recommended by some doctors both non weight bearing and weight bearing depending on the severity of the Achilles Tendonitis.
The Brace Shop specializes in foot and ankle braces, walking boots and other orthopedic products to help athletes that suffer from Achilles Tendonitis. Our online store is easy to use and will allow you to find your brace by your condition. You can also find many other styles and varieties of braces available in the Brace Shops large online store. If you have any questions or comments you can contact our customer service who would be happy to assist you!