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Achilles Tendinitis

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.