What is Achilles Tendinitis?
Achilles Tendinitis is a condition that causes inflammation near the heel along the back of the leg. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or disease and often causes swelling, pain, or irritation.
- Stiffness and pain along the Achilles tendon in the morning
- Pain and tenderness along the tendon the day after exercising
- Thickening and swelling of the tendon
- Existing swelling worsening with activity throughout the day
- Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that gets worse with activity
The condition can be caused as a result of repetitive stress to the tendon. This often occurs when we overexert our bodies in a short period of time but other factors can make it more likely to develop tendinitis, including:
- If you are already suffering from tight calf muscles extra stress on the Achilles tendon can cause Achilles Tendinitis
- Extra bone growth where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone
- Having pronated feet or high arch feet
- Wearing orthotics can help by correcting foot and ankle misalignments and placing the tendon in a more neutral position to take extra stress and tensions away.
- Wearing supportive cushioned shoes
- Heel lifts take some strain off the tendon.
- Stretching and strengthening the calves
- Resting and reducing activities temporarily
- Icing the most painful area of the Achilles tendon throughout the day can help.