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What is Achilles tendonitis?

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Athletes who participate in high impact activities such as running or jumping commonly experience foot and ankle pain. One possible cause of pain along the back of the heel is Achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendinopathies can occur either with overuse or from sudden injuries during activity. Pain occurs along the tendon which is the cord-like tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Pain is usually worse when pushing off or rising onto the toes and you may have stiffness that lessens after warm up. The pain is typically worse in the mornings after it has stiffened up overnight or at the end of the day when it has fatigued. The Achilles tendon may be tender to the touch or swollen. Treatment consists of rest, anti-inflammatory meds or physical therapy which will emphasize strengthening and promotion of healing using hands-on techniques and modalities such as ultrasound. More severe pain or feeling a sudden sharp pain with inability to bear weight may indicate a tear or rupture and require more extensive treatment.


Cindy Shimamoto, PT, OCS, COMT

Center Manager – Creve Coeur

SSM Physical Therapy

12382 Olive Blvd.

Creve Coeur, MO  63141

314-453-9675 (phone)

314-469-1294 (fax)

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