Achilles Tendon Problems
What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk for Achilles tendinopathy or rupture include:
- Sports and physical activity. Overuse and repeated movements can cause injury and weaken the Achilles tendon. Playing sports increases the risk of an injury. Activities at work (such as in construction) and at home (such as gardening) may also increase your risk.
- Sports training errors. Not warming up before and after running or other activities or suddenly changing your training program can increase your risk for injury. Increasing your distance, running uphill more often, or changing your ground surfaces too quickly can increase your risk.
- Age. As you age, the blood supply to the Achilles tendon area decreases. Most cases of Achilles tendinopathy or rupture occur in people older than 30.
- Weight. If you are very heavy, you have a greater risk.
- Being male. Men are more likely than women to have an Achilles tendon injury.
- High cholesterol. If high cholesterol runs in your family, you have a higher risk of Achilles tendon pain and problems.Reference 1
Other risk factors for an Reference Achilles tendon rupture Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window include:
- A previous injury or rupture to the Achilles tendon.
- Corticosteroid injections in the Achilles tendon. They can weaken the tendon.
- Using quinolone antibiotics, especially if you are older than 60 and/or are taking corticosteroids by mouth.Reference 2 Quinolones include ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin.
- Having osteoarthritis, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Having received dialysis or having had a kidney transplant.Reference 2
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine