Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that forms in the back of the lower leg and attaches to the back of the heel.
This condition is frequently seen in weekend athletes who just exercise on the weekends and overdue it. Runners, who increase their training mileage and/or intensity to quickly, also are prone to this injury.
If you start to feel a mild ache in the back of the leg or by the back of the heel after exercising, this may be the start of Achilles tendinitis. The pain may become worse if the symptoms are ignored and exercise continues.
You might also experience stiffness, especially in the morning, which may improve with mild activity.
If you experience persistent pain around the Achilles tendon, give Dr. Danciger a call at (760) 568-0108. Seek immediate medical attention if the pain or disability is severe or if there is a gap in the tendon.