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What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Published 26 Apr 2017

The Achilles tendon is the band of muscle that attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. You use this tendon to jump, walk, run, and stand on the balls of your feet. Continuous, intense physical activity, such as running and jumping, can cause painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon, known as Achilles tendonitis (or tendinitis).

Causes of Achilles tendonitis
Excessive exercise or walking commonly causes Achilles tendonitis, especially for athletes. Any repeated activity that strains the Achilles tendon can potentially cause tendonitis.
Some causes include:
  • exercising without a proper warmup
  • straining the calf muscles during repeated exercise or physical activity
  • playing sports, such as tennis, that require quick stops and changes of direction
  • wearing old or poorly fitting shoes
  • wearing high heels daily or for prolonged durations

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