Achilles tendinitis

Achilles Tendinities occurs as a result of overuse of the Achilles tendon. This tendon is a band of tissue that connects the lower calf muscles to the heel bone. This injury occurs most commonly in runners who increase the intensity or duration of their runs suddenly. It is also a common injury for middle-aged individuals who play tennis, basketball or other sports as a weekend activity. Achilles Tendinitis is usually treated easily at home. Self-care is usually necessary in order to prevent the injury from occurring again in the future. However, more serious cases can eventually lead to ruptures, or tendon tears, which may need to be repaired surgically.

Achilles Tendinitis usually presents as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after engaging in some type of physical activity. Some individuals also experience tenderness or stiffness, typically in the morning, which usually improves with some mild activity.

Call your doctor if you experience persistent pain. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention if the pain is severe as you might have torn, or ruptured, the tendon.

Mayo Clinic (2014). Achilles Tendinitis.