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Achilles Tendonitis

Meg Rossi, PT, DPT

With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, runners, golfers, and athletes of all kinds are back out doing what they love. Unfortunately, injuries are common with the start of a new season or throughout a lengthy season. One common injury during this time of year is Achilles Tendonitis.

Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel. It is the strongest, largest, and most frequently injured tendon in your body because it is used every time you push off to take a step. When this tendon becomes irritated or inflamed the condition is called Achilles Tendonitis.

Common Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms:

  • Pain that develops gradually in the heel, or just above the heel
  • Pain that is worse with walking on toes or uphill, running, stairs, or jumping
  • Tenderness to touch the tendon
  • Mild swelling in the tendon

Suggestions That Will Help:

  • Properly stretch and warm-up prior to activity
  • Avoid sudden changes in exercise duration, intensity, and frequency of >10% per week
By Natalie Stone|05/20/2015