Your first steps when you get out of bed are very painful. Your Achilles Tendon, the large tendon that connects to your calf muscle, feels extremely tight and sore. After hobbling around for a minutes, your Achilles Tendon slowly begins to warm up and stretch out and the pain will often reduce. You may also find you get a lot of pain upon standing after a long period of sitting.

The Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the heel where it attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. Pain at the Achilles tendon is usually caused by inflammation surrounding the tendon as a result of overuse. The tendon will be painful on gentle squeeze and may feel lumpy or swollen. It will also be stiff on rising from bed or after sitting for long periods of time. Achilles tendon problems can occur following unaccustomed excessive exercise such as running, poor stretching technique, poor foot function or inappropriate footwear.

Your podiatrist can confirm the diagnosis of your Achilles pain and provide treatment to ensure a return to full activity.