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Your Stiff Achilles Tendon May Also be Known as:
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Top 10 Stiff Achilles Tendon Causes

  1. 1.Achilles Tendonitis

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Together, they help push the heel off the ground and let a person go up on their toes. Achilles tendinitis occurs when that tendon becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. Common treatments for this condition are rest, alternating applying heat and ice to the tendon, and wearing heel pads to raise the heel and shorten the calf muscles to reduce strain on the tendon.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    achilles-area pain, stiff achilles tendon, swollen achilles
    Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendonitis:
    achilles-area pain
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Raynaud Phenomenon

    Primary Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, which causes the blood vessels to narrow when feeling cold or stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with conservative measures, such as avoiding cold and use of protective measures and/or quitting smoking. If this is ineffective or you have other symptoms in addition to this, contact your primary care physician when convenient.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, turning blue or purple from coldness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Foot Weakness

    Any foot weakness is a sign of nerve damage, which is very worrisome and requires you to go see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    foot weakness, lower leg weakness, severe pelvis pain, arm weakness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

    Contact your primary care physician to assess how urgent you should plan a visit to further discuss your symptoms. It is likely a referral to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional will be given. Treatment may include counseling, lifestyle changes, and medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with depression:
    depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Ankle Arthritis

    Arthritis of the ankle is a degenerative joint disorder occurring in the ankle. It presents with joint pain and stiffness that is typically worse with activity.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with over-the-counter drugs like capsaicin, methylsalicylate cream or topical NSAIDs. you may want to see your primary care physician if the pain persists or worsens.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, joint stiffness, swollen foot, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Right Heart Failure (Cor Pulmonale)

    Cor pulmonale is known as right heart failure and is often a long-term consequence of high blood pressure or COPD.

    You should visit the emergency room. It is likely a physical exam will be performed as well as blood tests.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, wheezing, cough with dry or watery sputum, shortness of breath on exertion
    Symptoms that never occur with right heart failure (cor pulmonale):
    severe chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Non - Specific Ankle Pain

    Ankle pain not caused by injury or surgery that is a variation of normal.

    Your ankle pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat the pain symptomatically.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    ankle pain from an injury, severe ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Condition Causing Eyelid to Droop

    A drooped eyelid could mean that there is damage to the nerves of the eye, which can be very dangerous and irreversible if you don't receive immediate treatment. You should go see a doctor now!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    drooping eyelid
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Stiff Achilles Tendon

  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your ankle pain getting better or worse?

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Stiff Achilles Tendon Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced stiff achilles tendon have also experienced:

    • 5% Achilles Tendon Pain
    • 4% Foot Pain
    • 2% Heel Pain
  • People who have experienced stiff achilles tendon were most often matched with:

    • 15% Achilles Tendonitis
    • 7% Hypothyroidism
    • 5% Raynaud Phenomenon

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