Achilles tendinitis (tendon behind the ankle) causes inflammation and/or degeneration of the tendon. Pain can occur without a history of injury and if left untreated, there’s a danger that the tendon can become weakened and rupture. This tendon is crucial to normal walking patterns as it allows the foot to rise up on the toes.
Achilles tendinitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon causing inflammation. It is a common problem among athletes due to their high level of activity and reluctance to stop or slow down their training.
Typical symptoms are: pain with first steps out of bed, pain early on during activity- lessens during activity, painful to stretch ankle upward, painful bump when touching the tendon.
As with all health conditions, Achilles tendinitis is best treated early in the development of the condition. If you are experiencing pain and/or swelling in this region, a podiatric consultation will give you the best chance for a full recovery.