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.