Do you feel pain at the back of your heel? You may have Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles tendonitis is a common overuse injury where the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed.

Achilles Tendonitis Diagram

What is the Achilles tendon?

Tendons are bands made of fibrous collagen tissue that attaches muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in the human body. It attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone and it is involved in almost every activity involving the foot (walking, running, jumping, standing on the tips of your toes).

How does it get inflamed?

Overuse can cause the Achilles tendon to develop micro-tears. Runners and people who enjoy sports that involve jumping are more susceptible to overuse injury. Having flat or hyper-pronated feet, wearing unsupportive shoes, and carrying extra weight can also increase strain on your feet and lead to Achilles tendonitis.

What are the symptoms?

There are varying degrees of severity. Initially, you may feel pain during or shortly after physical activity. As it worsens, the pain can be present during everyday activities. The Achilles tendon may become tender and swollen. Sometimes a hard lump can form. In more severe cases, it can become hard to walk.

The Achilles tendon can rupture/tear. When this happens, you may feel a popping sensation followed by pain in the back of the ankle or calf.

How can we help you?

Fairfield Sports Podiatry will assess your foot posture, strength and alignment, and our podiatrist will help decide the appropriate treatment with you.

Tip: You can temporarily relieve the pain prior to your visit by reducing physical activity and applying ice the heel several times throughout the day.

Call us on 0435553668 to book an appointment with our podiatrist Daniel today.