Achilles Tendinitis

What is it?

Achilles tendinitis occurs when the band of tissue that connects calf muscles to your heel bone becomes painful and inflamed. The condition commonly shows up after a sudden increase in intensity or duration of sports-related activities like running.

Most cases can be treated under a doctor’s supervision. Self-care strategies can help prevent recurring episodes. Serious cases of Achilles tendinitis result in tendon tears that may require surgery to repair.

Key Symptoms

The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel. Episodes of more-severe pain may occur after prolonged activity.

Insight and Recommendations

from Schuler Shoes' Board Certified Pedorthist

This is not a medical diagnosis but a footwear recommendation to offer symptom relief. It is meant to supplement your doctor's treatment plan. 

Achilles tendinitis affects the back of the heel where the tendon attaches to the calf muscles on one end and the heel bone on the other end. In some cases, it will cause a bursa or a large bump that can be irritated by the rubbing of a heel counter.

An open back clog-type shoe may offer some relief. 

Insoles can also help by re-aligning the heel bone (calcaneus) in relation to the ground. A heel lift can sometimes relieve symptoms immediately, but should not be depended on for long-term relief.

Icing and very mild stretching, in accordance to a doctor’s prescribed treatment, can be very beneficial.


A consultation with a certified specialist is recommended in order to come up with and implement a plan that is best suited to the individual.
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References: Mayo Clinic