The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. When it becomes inflamed or degenerates due to overuse or injury, the Achilles tendon can become swollen and painful at the heel or along the back of the leg. In noninsertional Achilles tendinitis, fibers in the middle portion of the tendon begin to break down with tiny tears.
Richard M. Foster, DPM
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- What is noninsertional Achilles tendinitis?
What are common foot problems in 30- to 40-year-olds?
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredIn your 30s and 40s, your feet undergo age-related changes like the rest of your body. Muscles weaken; tendons and ligaments become less resilient. You lose some of your natural shock absorption. Although your feet may start to bother you by your mid-30s, it's generally in the 40s that real problems develop. Typically, you may begin to notice that your feet ache at the end of the day, especially the heels, arches, and balls of your feet.
For some people, this may be the time that bunions or hammertoes begin to emerge. This is also the time when nail fungus becomes more common. Your feet become more susceptible to injury as well as to aches and pains. If your feet are otherwise healthy, your best strategy is to exercise. The right exercises will stretch and strengthen your muscles and keep tendons and ligaments supple.
What can cause heel pain?
James Ioli, DPM, Podiatry, answeredHeel pain may occur when the Achilles' tendon, which runs up the back of the heel, suffers damage, inflammation, or degeneration. With Achilles' tendinitis, the tendon becomes inflamed. A separate yet related problem, Achilles' tendinosis, occurs when the tendon actually degrades -- much like a rope fraying. Because the symptoms and treatment of these two problems are virtually the same, you may not know whether you have Achilles' tendinitis or tendinosis unless you ask your doctor. Many patients have both disorders. But it's good to know, because if you develop Achilles' tendinosis, it's vital that you take steps to protect your tendon from further structural damage.
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