Achilles Tendonitis

What is it?

Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon (the large tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel) becomes irritated and inflamed. Tendonitis is a condition associated with overuse and degeneration, and can occur in other joints like the elbow and shoulder joint.

The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, climb stairs, jump, and stand on your tip toes, which is why it is susceptible to tendonitis.


  • Pain and stiffness in the back of the heel (Achilles tendon)
  • Heat and swelling around the Achilles
  • Pain, stiffness and swelling after exercise.
  • Leg weakness


  • The tendonitis results from repetitive stress to the tendon, for example an increase in activity frequency and intensity.
  • Tight calf muscles.
  • Overuse of the Achilles.
  • Bone spurs on the back of the heel can rub and cause irritation.
  • New shoes, or wearing the wrong shoes when exercising.


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