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Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a medical condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. This happens when the Achilles tendon is constantly abused. This condition is common among athletes and middle age people who are actively engaged in sport activities. 

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It allows a person to extend the foot and point the toes to the floor. This is also the thickest, longest and strongest tendon of the body.

Common Causes of Achilles Tendinitis

The condition may occur if the Achilles tendon is subjected to: 

  • Repetitive activities
  • Postural problems such as flatfoot
  • Jumping on hard surfaces
  • Shoes with improper support
  • Excessive running

Tight calf muscles and bone spur are factors that may contribute to the development of Achilles tendinitis.

Signs and Symptoms

A leading symptom of Achilles tendinitis is sharp pain along the back of the tendon closest to the heel. Most of the symptoms are common and can be seen in people suffering from foot injury.

  • Pain when flexing the ankle
  • Tenderness in the feet
  • Redness over the painful area
  • Burning sensation around the joint
  • Nodule formation on the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon
  • Cracking sound when the ankle moves
  • Trouble standing up on one toe
  • Lower leg feels stiff