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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain in the Achilles tendon, either near the heel bone or above it. The Achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy commonly occurs after an acute overload of the tendon eg. too much was done too soon. Like most tendinopathies it can be due to the load applied to it being greater than the tendon’s capacity, which can cause acute irritation. If this keep occurring a pattern of more long-term irritation and pain can occur.


The symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy may include:

  • Pain: The hallmark symptom is pain along the back of the lower leg or above the heel. The pain may be mild at first and worsen over time, especially during physical activity or after prolonged periods of rest.

  • Stiffness: Some individuals with Achilles tendinopathy experience stiffness or aching in the Achilles tendon, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

  • Swelling: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon can cause swelling in the area around the heel or lower leg.

  • Thickening of the tendon: In chronic cases of Achilles tendinopathy, the tendon may become thickened and develop nodules or lumps along its length.

  • Decreased strength and flexibility: As the condition progresses, individuals may notice a decrease in strength and flexibility in the calf muscles and ankle joint.

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