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Achilles tendonitis refers to swelling and pain in the large tendon at the back of the ankle. It is a relatively common condition.
Achilles tendonitis is often caused by an injury picked up playing sport, especially those involving sudden movement of the leg and foot, or those that involve repeated use of the tendon - particularly running. This can lead to damage to the Achilles tendon that isn’t able to heal properly - over a period of time this can lead to tendonitis.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of achilles tendonitis, including stiffness, pain and sometimes swelling at the back of the heel. These symptoms are often worse in the morning.
Treatment begins with resting your tendon and allowing the swelling to go down. In more serious cases you may require crutches, medication or surgery.