Achilles Tendinitis

By By: Andrew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

Achilles Tendinitis

By: By: Andrew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

There are multiple home remedies anyone can use if you have common heel pain.

Stretching, icing, and massaging are just a few ways you can lessen the pain if you have achilles tendinitis. For more details, go to:

Achilles tendinitis is common and has various reasons on why you may have it.

The achilles is the large tendon connecting the two major calf muscles to the back of your
heel bone. If there’s too much stress on the achilles, the tendon can tighten and is forced to
work too hard. When the tendon becomes inflamed, which is called tendinitis, it can produce
a covering of scar tissue. This scar tissue is less flexible than the tendon, and with continued
stress it can tear or rupture.
Many athletes suffer from achilles tendinitis when they overtrain or fail to stretch properly.
There are several factors that contribute to achilles tendinitis, including tight or fatigued calf
muscles, excessive hill running, and inflexible running shoes. Runners who rotate their feet
too far inward on impact are the most susceptible to achilles tendinitis. Initial symptoms of
tendinitis can include dull or sharp pain anywhere along the back of the tendon, but usually
close to your heel. Also, limited flexibility, redness or heat over the painful area, a cracking
sound when you move your ankle, or a small lump located on your tendon can be symptoms
of tendinitis.
If you suffer from any of these problems, you should stop running or training, take aspirin or
ibuprofen, and then ice the injured area from 15 to 20 minutes several times a day until the
pain subsides. Once the lump is gone, stretch your calf muscles and don’t start running until
you can do toe raises without pain. Returning to physical activity should be a gradual process
and not rushed. In case the injury doesn’t respond to self-treatment within two weeks, you
many want to see a physical therapist or doctor.


If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, go to: or call 904-858-7045

To see an MD that treats the Achilles Tendon, please call JOI-2000

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