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Complications of Achilles Tendinitis

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Sports are full of complicated situations, especially for the men and women who must officiate athletic competitions. When it comes to soccer, like our local Cincinnati United Soccer Club, it can be difficult to decide whether or not offside calls need to be made. An example of a situation that only complicates the matter is when the striker is very close to the goalkeeper. If he makes contact with the goalie, there is an offside call, but when there is no contact the situation has to be evaluated with factors like if the striker is distracting the keeper or impeding movements. Complications happen in the field of foot health, too, like those that arise due to Achilles tendinitis.

Achilles tendinitis is a condition caused by overuse that results in the Achilles tendon becoming tender, stiff, and even painful. The symptoms will generally begin as a mild ache located above the heel in the back of the leg and worsen in time and with prolonged activity. If you experience this condition, especially when it comes with persistent pain, it is important to contact our office and avoid any of the potential complications of Achilles tendinitis, which can include:

  • A weakened tendon – If your Achilles tendon is inflamed and you continue to perform your regular activities, it leads to further wear and tear on the valuable cord. This opens the door for repeated injury to the tendon in the future.
  • Increased vulnerability to tearing – Tendinitis (or any ailment, really) is bad enough on its own, but at least it can be treated with conservative care. When the tendon is vulnerable to a rupture, it may require an invasive procedure that could have been avoided.
  • The need for surgery – If the condition has not been sufficiently treated, particularly in its early stages, it increases the likelihood that you will eventually need surgery to fix the problem.
     

If you are suffering from a case of Achilles tendinitis, let our professionals here at Family Foot and Ankle Center provide the care you need to avoid developing a chronic condition. We have several offices in the greater Cincinnati, OH area to better serve you and your loved ones. Call us at (513) 728-4800 to schedule an appointment at any of our Ohio offices or (859) 282-1572 for our Florence, KY office. You can also use our online form to contact our practice today.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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