Pain in the Achilles tendon can occur when there is inflammation in the area, and is commonly known as Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is a strong muscle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The name Achilles tendon originated from the story of Troy when a warrior named Achilles was killed by being shot with an arrow into his heel. This tendon connecting the heel to the calf became known as the Achilles tendon.
With Achilles tendonitis, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in the back of the heel
- Swelling, tenderness and warmth around the muscle
- Pain whilst walking
- Heightened sense of pain during the first few steps in the morning or after sitting down for extended periods of time. This pain tends to alleviate after some mild activity
Achilles tendonitis can be caused by stressing of the tendon as a result of an injury, being overweight, running, poor supportive footwear or having flat feet.
At Glad Feet Podiatry our Podiatrists can assist in treating this condition by providing you with both short-term and long-term solutions such as inserts in your shoes to reduce the pressure on the Achilles tendon and exercises to stretch and strengthen the tendon to assist in your recovery.
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