What is Achilles tendinopathy?
The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and is located in the back of your heel. It and connects the calf muscles of your legs to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy (tendinitis) refers to the aggravation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon. With repeated stress or trauma, this can progress to degeneration and even tearing of the Achilles tendon. Due to this high risk of damage, it is highly recommended that this condition is assessed by a podiatrist at Elite Podiatry as soon as possible.
The pain is usually described as burning, shooting or stabbing at the back of your heel and can vary in its severity. Often, these symptoms are worst in the first few steps of walking after getting up in the morning or after sitting down for extended periods of time. This generally gets better with movement.
In severe cases, you may have difficulty walking or walk with a limp. In acute cases, redness, swelling, warmth and tenderness can also occur. In chronic, and untreated cases, a bony nodule can form and thickening of the Achilles tendon will occur. This in turn weakens the structure, making it more susceptible to rupture.