Why does the Back of my Foot Feel Swollen and Painful?

Achilles tendonitis is an injury to the thickest and strongest tendon in the entire human body. The Achilles tendon is in the back of the leg and attaches to the back of the heel. Most of the problems with the Achilles tendon occur about 4 centimeters above the back of the attachment into the back of the heel.

Achilles tendonitis is typically caused from an overuse to the area. Oftentimes it occurs in runners who increase the intensity of their workouts, or increase their mileage too much which can cause a strain in that area, which results in pain and discomfort. Other times, Achilles tendonitis occurs often in middle-aged people who are weekend warriors. When they run, play tennis, or basketball on the weekends, they can develop Achilles tendonitis. Some of the symptoms can be stiffness or aching in the area when you get up in the morning, or after sitting down for a period of time. If you start to get swelling around that part of the tendon, or if you feel it and you notice a nodule or an enlargement of the tendon, that’s a more serious problem. You could  be prone to a rupture or a tear of the Achilles tendon if you continue without seeing a doctor and get treatment. If you’re noticing any of those symptoms, give us a call, we’ll get you in quickly, diagnose it, treat you properly, and get you back into your sports activities as soon as possible.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle