The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon is also responsible for propelling your entire body weight forward and up. However, because it lacks a rich blood supply, it can be more vulnerable to injury, inflammation, and swelling.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain, especially in the back of the heel, and a sensation of ‘fullness’ in the lower leg. This can develop into a hard nodule of tissue.
The most common cause of Achilles tendonitis is chronic stress, but it can also be caused by a single incident. People with flat, pronated feet or tight lower leg muscles tend to pull more on the Achilles tendon.
Custom orthotics can help alleviate strain on the Achilles tendon, and can prevent this condition from recurring. Physiotherapy, massage therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs can also help ease the pain in recovery.