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The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone. It's used with every step - when you walk, run, and jump.
Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses, it's also prone to tendinitis. The condition is very common in athletes, especially runners who've suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their workouts. It's also common in middle-aged, "weekend athletes" who play sports like tennis or basketball only occasionally.
The pain from achilles tendinitis may be felt anywhere from the back of the leg to the top of the heel. Most cases are mild and can be treated at home under a podiatrist's supervision. Severe cases of Achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears (ruptures) that may require surgical repair.
See our page on the FAST Technique, an alternative to open surgery to treat heel pain caused by Achilles tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis may be caused by:
Symptoms of Achilles tendinitis and tendinosis:
Treatment for Achilles tendinitis
Your podiatrist at PA Foot and Ankle Associates may recommend one or more of these treatments to manage your pain:
In extreme cases, surgery is necessary to remove the damaged tissue and repair any tears.