Achilles Tendonitis

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What is Achilles Tendonitis?

ACHILLES TENDONITIS causes pain and may cause swelling over the Achilles tendon. The tendon will be tender and may be swollen. You will have pain when you rise up on your toes and pain with stretching of the tendon. The range of motion of your ankle may be limited. When it tears or ruptures, you may feel a pop. If there is a complete tear, you will be unable to lift your heel off the ground or point your toes.


  • Overuse of the Achilles tendon
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Tight Achilles tendons
  • Lots of uphill running
  • Increasing the amount or intensity of training, sometimes along with switching to racing flats, racing shoes with less heel lift.
  • Over-pronation, a problem where your feet roll inward and flatten out more than normal when walking or running.
  • Wearing high heels at work and then switching to a lower heeled workout shoe.
  • Violent stretching of the Achilles tendon can cause it to rupture.


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