Achillodynia is a medical condition characterized by pain in the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the body located at the back of the ankle. It is also known as Achilles tendinitis or tendinopathy.
The condition occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, irritated or damaged due to overuse, repetitive strain, or injury. It is commonly seen in athletes, especially runners and basketball players, as well as individuals who engage in high-impact activities or sudden increases in physical activity.
Symptoms of achillodynia include pain and tenderness along the Achilles tendon, stiffness and reduced range of motion, and swelling in the affected area. The pain may worsen with activity and improve with rest. In severe cases, the tendon may become weakened and may even rupture.
Treatment for achillodynia includes rest, ice therapy, compression, and elevation of the affected area. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and physical therapy may also be recommended to reduce pain and improve mobility. In some cases, a brace or splint may be used to immobilize the affected ankle and protect the tendon while it heals. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.
It is important to seek medical attention if you experience persistent pain, swelling, or other symptoms associated with achillodynia. Early intervention and proper treatment can help prevent long-term complications and facilitate recovery.