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What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Image for feet with red mark indicating pain at Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendinitis affects the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon. This type of injury typically occurs because of overuse.


The main function of the Achilles tendon is to transmit power from the calf muscles to the heel and the foot. When this tendon is harmed, it can be extremely painful and may lead to further complications including tears, ruptures, tendinitis, peritendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy, and bursitis.


Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:

Diagram of Achilles Tendon
image: orthoinfo.aaos.org
  • Pain in the heel and along the length of the tendon when walking or running

  • Pain and stiffness in the area in the morning

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon when touched or moved

  • Swelling or warmth in the heel or along the tendon

  • Difficulty standing up on one toe


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