The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone and although it is a strong tendon, it is very easily injured with overuse and degeneration. This causes Achilles tendon pain.
Pain in the Achilles tendon is usually a precursor to more serious injuries or conditions, and may be a result of Achilles tendonitis (inflammation), Achilles tendinosis (micro-tears), Achilles tendinopathy (inflammation and micro-tears), or a partial or complete tear (rupture) of the Achilles tendon.
When Achilles tendonitis happens, the tendon becomes inflamed and painful. An injury may occur where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone, known as insertional Achilles tendonitis, or it may be further up the tendon (non-insertional Achilles tendonitis).
If the condition is not treated, the tendon may break down over time and can lead to a complete rupture of the tendon, which will definitely bring you to your knees (and to the hospital).
Symptoms of Achilles tendon pain and Achilles tendonitis include:
Achilles tendon pain occurs more commonly in athletes, and is often caused as an overuse injury. Vulnerable groups and causes of Achilles tendon pain and Achilles tendonitis include:
Achilles tendon pain is often an indicator that your legs need to rest. Take their advice and take a break to prevent the problem from getting worse. If you suspect that you may be getting Achilles tendonitis, we highly recommend a along rest period, or to see a podiatrist as soon as possible and avoid strenuous physical activity for the moment, so as to avoid making the problem worse.