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Health Information For Teens
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a band of tough tissue on the back of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the calf muscles.
Achilles tendonitis causes pain above the heel and in the lower leg, especially after running or doing other physical activities. The pain often gets worse when exercising and better with rest.
People with Achilles tendonitis also might have:
Achilles tendonitis is usually an overuse injury (when repeated movements injure part of the body). It also can happen when someone:
Achilles tendonitis usually affects people who play sports that put strain on the heel, such as running, jumping, tennis, basketball, figure skating, skiing, or dancing.
To diagnose Achilles tendonitis, health care providers:
Occasionally, doctors order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI (if they think the Achilles tendon may be torn).
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis starts with taking a break from the activity that led to the injury. It’s usually OK to do non-weight bearing exercises such as swimming, biking, and stretching activities like yoga. If someone with Achilles tendonitis does not rest, the tendon can become more damaged.
Your health care provider also may recommend:
Steroid injections in or around the Achilles tendon have been linked to tendon rupture and aren’t recommended.
Rarely, a person might need surgery if the symptoms do not go away after following the health care provider’s recommendations.
With rest, Achilles tendonitis usually gets better within 6 weeks to a few months. To lower your risk of Achilles tendonitis again:
If things don’t improve, see your doctor, as it may be a sign that you have a different condition.
Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, damaging a bone, tendon, or joint.
In teens, biceps tendonitis is usually an overuse injury that causes tendons in the upper arm to be swollen or irritated. Most cases heal on their own if you follow a few guidelines from your doctor.
It’s fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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