-What is the Achilles Tendon? It's the largest tendon in your body and it connects your calf muscles to your heel. It is used every time you stand, walk, and run.

-Achilles Tendonitis means inflammation of your Achilles tendon. It is often associated with overuse of the tendon and the tendon becomes inflamed and painful.


-There are 2 types of Achilles tendonitis: Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis and Insertional Achilles tendonitis. Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis is when the fibers in the middle of the tendon begin to breakdown, causing swelling, pain and thickening of the tendon. Insertional tendonitis involves the tendon at the point where it connects to the heel. The tendon begins to harden . In both cases of tendonitis, there is a possibility of bone spurs forming.


-Achilles tendonitis is not limited to active people. Although those with who are active may be at a slightly higher risk, anyone can get it. Some of the causes include increasing stress to the tendon suddenly, already formed bone spurs putting pressure on the tendon, having tight calf muscles, wearing high heels, and overuse of the tendon in any setting.


-Symptoms may include swelling of the back of your foot, your skin may feel warm to touch, limited movement of the foot, heel pain, pain while walking, stiffness of the foot, bone spurs, and swelling that worsens after activity.


-Early management can reduce the severity of the tendonitis! See your podiatrist as soon as symptoms begin.


-Treatment will vary depending on your individual case. You and your podiatrist will work together to find the best treatment plan for you. Some treatments may include rest, exercises, orthotics, cortisone injections, or surgical treatment as a last option.