Health Tip: Understanding Achilles Tendonitis

By on June 17, 2010

The Achilles tendon is what joins the muscles in the calf to the heel bone. When it is overused or injured, it becomes inflamed — a condition called Achilles tendonitis.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common causes of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Among runners, rapidly running much faster or for longer distances.
  • Changing your exercise regimen to include running up hills or climbing stairs.
  • Beginning to exercise again too soon after a rest period.
  • Very strenuous exercise of the calf muscles, such as during a final sprint.
  • Overusing the calf muscles.

Source: HealthDay

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