How Tendonitis Forms in the Achilles Tendon, Marc Blatstein
By Wilma White on January 07, 2013
Many people have heard of the Achilles tendon that is located at the back of the ankle joint. It feels like a large cord that attaches to the back part of your foot. Another interesting thing is that it is the largest tendon in the human body. Many people who have a history of participating in running and jumping activities have had a history of injury or have known people who have a history of injuries to the Achilles tendon. Marc Blatstein has indicated that the stress caused from running and jumping causes tendonitis, an inflammatory condition that will cause aches and pains in your tendons.
We asked Marc Blatstein about conditions that lead to more tendonitis, he told us that the older you get the more likely you will suffer from tendinitis. As you age the ligaments and tendons in your body begin to stretch and loose the elasticity and strength they once had. This predisposes individuals who are older and are active in running and jumping injuries. But, younger individuals are not immune to this and can have problems in they do not take care of their bodies by stretching properly and giving the body adequate time to rest between activities.
Normally after a thorough historical and physical examination a Podiatric Physician can best diagnose if there is any tendinitis in the Achilles tendon; most of the time the tendon can be taken care of without any surgical procedure unless there longstanding severe chronic pain or a complete rupture of the tendon.
One of the initial ways a patient’s tendonitis can be treated is for the patient to change their activities or their level of activity as well as incorporate some home care physical therapy, and possible along with OTC Nsaids. One of the best cardio workouts is to replace running with is swimming, which takes a lot of stress from the Achilles tendon. Marc Blatstein says that after the pain or inflammation goes away the physician will tell the patients they can continue their former physical activities. Another thing that the patient may be asked to do is avoid walking barefoot, or walking in low-healed shows, which helps the rest of the ankle help take stress off the Achilles tendon.