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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Swollen Achilles

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced swollen achilles. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  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.

    Symptoms should resolve by themselves within weeks to months.

    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

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  2. 2.Achilles Tendon Rupture

    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. If the Achilles tendon stretches too far, it can tear or rupture.

    Most people return to former level of activity after 4 to 6 months of post-surgery rehabilitation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    achilles tendon pain, constant foot pain, sports injury, recent ankle injury, swollen achilles
    Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendon rupture:
    achilles tendon pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. 'Arthritis' means inflammation of joints, and in ankylosing spondylitis this means that there is inflammation (irritation and swelling) between the disks that make up the spine. There can also be inflammation between the spine and the pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis occurs more often in men and in people who have family members with the same disease.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, back pain, trouble sleeping, joint pain, hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with ankylosing spondylitis:
    back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen Achilles

  • Q.Where exactly is your foot swelling?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Q.How would you describe your walk?

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Swollen Achilles Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swollen achilles have also experienced:

    • 10% Achilles Tendon Pain
    • 4% Stiff Achilles Tendon
    • 3% Muscle Aches
  • People who have experienced swollen achilles had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced swollen achilles were most often matched with:

    • 54% Achilles Tendon Rupture
    • 27% Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • 18% Achilles Tendonitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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