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Achilles tendonitis

The calf muscles attach to the foot through the Achilles tendon. Tendonitis is the inflammation of this point of attachment or of the tendon itself. 
If even Achilles, famous warrior of the Trojan War, had this tendon as a weakness, it is possible that our patients sometimes feel pain in this area. It is an inflammation of the tendon that connects our calf muscles to the heel bone, the calcaneum. 


  • Pain behind the heel and in the tendon

  • Difficulty going up or down stairs

  • Tight calves


  • Lack of mobility around the ankles (equinus) 

  • Biomechanical problem

  • Overtraining

  • Poorly adapted shoes

  • Trauma around the tendon/calcaneus


  • Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, but may include:

  • Exercises

  • Conservative measures

  • Laser therapy

  • Custom foot orthotics or shoe inserts

  • Cam walker

For more answers to your questions,
see your neighborhood podiatrist.

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