Achilles Tendinitis Diagnosing


      What is Achilles Tendonitis?     |     Symptoms     |     Causes     |     Treatment

      Diagnosing Achilles Tendinitis

      To diagnose Achilles Tendinitis, your doctor will ask you a few questions about the pain and swelling in your heel or calf. Your doctor may ask you to stand on the balls of your feet while they observe your range of motion and flexibility.

      The doctor also feels around, or palpates, the area directly to pinpoint where the pain and swelling are most severe.

      Imaging tests may help confirm Achilles Tendinitis, but you usually don’t need them. If ordered, the tests include:

      • X-rays, which provide images of foot and leg bones
      • MRI scans, which can detect ruptures and tissue degeneration
      • ultrasounds, which can show tendon movement, related damage, and inflammation

      Your doctor will do a physical exam. She may want to see you walk or run to look for problems that might have led to your injury.

      She also might do something called the calf squeeze test. You'll kneel on a chair or bench or lie on your stomach on the exam table. Then she'll gently squeeze the calf muscle on your healthy leg. This will pull on the tendon and make your foot move. Next, she'll do the same thing on your other leg. If your Achilles tendon is torn, your foot won't move because your calf muscle won't be connected to your foot.

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