Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis refers to swelling and pain in the large tendon at the back of the ankle. It is a relatively common condition.

Common questions

What is achilles tendonitis?

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.

Why would I have treatment for achilles 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.

What happens during treatment for achilles tendonitis?

Treatment begins with resting your tendon and allowing the swelling to go down. In more serious cases you may require crutches, medication or surgery.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.