The achilles tendon is a band at the back of the lower leg that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The most common injury to the achilles tendon is achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis is the overuse of the achilles tendon, which is found mostly in runners or sports that require a lot of endurance and intensity.
Some symptoms of achilles tendonitis are stiffness and tenderness in the back of the foot. This can turn into severe pain if the achilles tendon keeps getting overused. Some patients report mild pain in the morning, which usually subsides after mild activity occurs.
Fortunately, treatment for achilles tendonitis is relatively simple and in most cases highly effective. Consult the podiatrist for specific steps to alleviate achilles tendonitis.