What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy affects the Achilles tendon (that joins the heel to the calf muscle) by causing pain, swelling and stiffness to the back of the heel. It is thought to be caused by repeated small injuries to the Achilles tendon. This condition can have the effect of making simple movement such as walking painful – a chronic condition is defined as symptoms that persist for more than six weeks. It can affect anyone but especially people who are involved in running and jumping activities. It is thought that more than 150,000 people every year are affected by this condition. This strong and flexible tendon is the in the body.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

Symptoms are usual increasing pain and stiffness and possibly some swelling at the back of the ankle. The pain may come and go and a grating noise or creaking feeling may be noticeable when the ankle is moved. Symptoms may be more noticeable after exercise when stiffness may also occur that recedes once movement starts again.