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Do you wake up in the morning with pain or soreness right above the heel? Does the pain go away after you have been up a bit? If these sound like symptoms you’ve been having, you could be experiencing Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendonosis.

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. While this inflammation is typically short-lived, in some instances the duration can be longer and can result in Achilles tendonosis. Achilles tendonosis is a degeneration of the tendon. The causes the tendon to lose its structure and develop micro-tears within the tendon.

It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Symptoms of these two common disorders of the Achilles tendon are aching, stiffness, soreness, or tenderness with the tendon. The Achilles tendon is attached directly above the heel and goes upward to the area just below the calf muscle. Sometimes, when the sides of the tendon are squeezed, there may be intense pain or tenderness. If the disorder progresses to degeneration, your tendon may become enlarged. Nodules may develop in the area where the tissue is damaged. If any of these symptoms are persistent, you should see a podiatrist for treatment.

Early treatment can help prevent tissue damage and further issues. One of the best treatment centers in this area is the Illinois Foot Clinic, located in Des Plaines. Dr. Alexander Yanovskiy, DPM, and his staff will treat your condition with the utmost care and concern. Using the latest treatments and equipment available for podiatry medicine, Dr. Yanovskiy will focus on your specific issues and recommend the treatments best suited for your short- and long-term foot and ankle health. If you’re suffering from lower leg and heel pain, don’t delay: call the Illinois Foot and Ankle Clinic today.

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