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How To Tell If Your Leg Pain Is Really an Achilles Tendon Injury

Your Achilles tendon is the fibrous cord that connects your lower calf muscle to your heel. It’s named after the Greek half-god Achilles, who was known for being an extraordinarily strong and adept warrior. As the story goes, Achilles’ mother held him by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx so he would be protected — his heel, the only thing left unguarded.  

The name of this heel tendon is apt because it is a powerful, thick band of tissue that’s responsible for the functioning of your entire leg. But its vulnerable locale and dependence on so many other tissues, such as your calf muscle, leave the Achilles tendon susceptible to injury. 

If you suspect you have an Achilles tendon injury, contact the experts at The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center today!

Types of Achilles tendon injuries

Your Achilles tendon may become injured for several reasons. Some common examples include sports injuries, repetitive use injuries, excessive foot pronation, poor choice of footwear, overtraining, and genetic limitations such as a naturally flat arch.

There are three main disorders and injuries of the Achilles tendon: tendinitis, tendinosis, and tears (also called ruptures). 

Achilles tendinitis: This is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which generally arises from overuse of the tendon or sudden increased use, such as if you recently started a new workout routine. 

Achilles tendinosis: This is an advanced form of tendinitis that has progressed to degeneration of the tendon. In most cases, pain or dysfunction becomes unbearable before this point, and tendinosis can be prevented. 

Achilles rupture: A rupture to the Achilles tendon is a sudden tear, usually induced by excessive, sudden stress on the tendon or low-grade, repetitive stress. An Achilles tendon tear might be the product of a quick pivot in a soccer game or of years and years of long-distance running. 

How to tell if your leg pain is an Achilles injury

Feeling like you’ve been kicked in the calf (over and over again) is one good sign that you’ve damaged your Achilles tendon.

Other common signs that your leg pain is an Achilles tendon injury include: 

If you think your leg pain might be a product of an Achilles tendon injury, visit Dr. Frazier for an evaluation and to get on the road to recovery. Call us at 281-607-1863 or request an appointment online.

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