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Achilles Tendonitis

Also Known As: Tendinitis of the heel

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation and irritation, of the Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the muscles of the calf to the heel).

Symptoms usually include pain in the heel when walking or running. The tendon is usually painful to touch and the skin over the tendon may be swollen and warm. Achilles tendinitis may make you more likely to have an Achilles rupture. This condition usually causes a sharp pain, like someone hit you in the back of the heel with a stick.