Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms


Achilles tendinitis, also called tendinitis of the heel, is a painful medical condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes irritated, swollen or inflamed. The Achilles tendon, sometimes called the heel cord, connects the calf muscles to the heel.



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    Common Symptoms

  2. Typical symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include a dull pain or ache when walking, running or raising up on the toes. The tendon usually hurts when touched and might feel warm and swollen.


  3. Many individuals suffer stiffness in the affected Achilles tendon when waking up or after resting. This stiffness loosens once the tendon warms up, but worsens again once activity levels are increased.


  4. Achilles tendinitis typically results from putting large amounts of stress on the tendon and the calf muscles. The stress causes tiny tears that become inflamed.


  5. Over-the-counter medications can be used to treat the inflammation and pain. Patients should rest and limit physical activities.


  6. Achilles tendinitis is usually a short-lived condition when treated promptly. Symptoms often return if patients don't limit their activity levels.


  7. Untreated Achilles tendinitis can lead to Achilles tendinosis, a degenerative condition in which the Achilles tendon becomes fibrous and weak. Occasionally, the Achilles tendon will rupture, requiring surgery to repair the damage.


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