Tendons are the tissue responsible for attaching the muscles to the bone. A muscle contraction pulls the tendon, which moves the bone. That’s how movement is generated. The Achilles tendon is the one that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. It’s the largest and strongest tendon of the body. It’s used while walking, running, climbing stairs,jumping, and standing on your tiptoe.
The pain in this tendon is localized in the back of the ankle. Depending on the cause of the pain, it can have a sudden onset or develop over time. It’s a common injury related to running sports like soccer, volleyball, football, and tennis. It can occur in the non-athlete population as well. It’s prevalent in men over 30 years old.
SYMPTOMS OF ACHILLES PAIN
The principal symptom will be the pain, which could be intermittent or continuous. Also, it can be mild or severe. It usually worsens with walking/running uphill or climbing stairs. At first, the pain decreases with rest. Over time, it could prevent from doing sports.
Depending on the cause, other related symptoms could be:
● Stiffness, mostly in the mornings.
● An increase of temperature on the tendon area.
● Swollen, lumpy-like feeling.
● Reduced joint movement.
● Instability and weakness of the foot and ankle muscle