Orthopedics: Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is also prone to tendinitis, a condition associated with overuse and degeneration.
- Suddenly increase the amount or intensity of an activity
- Your calf muscles are very tight (not stretched out)
- You run on hard surfaces such as concrete
- You run too often
- You jump a lot (such as when playing basketball)
- You do not have shoes with proper support
- Your foot suddenly turns in or out
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