Achilles paratenonitis is inflammation of the covering of the
Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It can cause
scarring that restricts the motion of the Achilles tendon.
Achilles paratenonitis is caused by overuse or repeated movements
and poorly fitted shoes. It is frequently seen in marathon runners. Symptoms
include tenderness, pain, and swelling in the Achilles area. Symptoms are
usually worse during activity.
Treatment consists of rest, pain relief, stretching exercises, and
changes in sports techniques and footwear to reduce stress on the
Achilles paratenonitis is also known as Achilles peritendinitis,
tenosynovitis, or tenovaginitis.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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