Is a common overuse injury mainly seen in athletes and active people.. It can be quite debilitating and can interfere with day to day activities, lifestyle and work.
It is caused by repetitive or intense strain on the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. This tendon is used when you walk, run, jump or push up on your toes.
The structure of the Achilles tendon weakens with age, which can make it more susceptible to injury. Mature adults between the ages of 30 to 50 yrs are most likely to develop this condition — particularly in people who may participate in sports only on the weekends or who have suddenly increased the intensity of their running programs.
Signs and symptoms
The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more-severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting.
You might also experience tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity. Pain and discomfort can become worse, occurring before, during and after physical activity.
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