DISORDERS

Achilles tendon problems

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel and is the largest tendon in the body.

 

It is very prone to overuse resulting in inflammation (tendonitis) and tendon rupture.

 

Calf tightness is a predisposing factor.

 

Nonsurgical treatments include rest, antiinflammatory medication, stretching, and physical therapy.

 

Depending on the site of inflammation, surgery to lengthen the calf muscle or to débride and reattach the tendon to the heel may provide substantial relief.

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