Heel pain is a very common complaint that can develop suddenly or gradually. Although many people will only experience mild and short-lived pain, for some this pain can become debilitating. Heel pain can affect anyone, but is more common in people who are aged over 40, obese, who stand up for work a lot, or who often do strenuous activity.…
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What is Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon (also known as the calcaneal tendon) as the tendon is strained, torn or ruptured. It is typically a result of tendon overuse or sudden force through the tendon and is commonly experienced by athletes. …
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Causes of Achilles tendonitis can include: • Stress on the Achilles tendon, resulting in injury such as tearing or stretching of the tendon; • Arthritis - tendon structure can be affected by inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid …
How is Achilles tendonitis diagnosed?
Achilles tendonitis can be diagnosed by a physical examination. Other tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis. An MRI is typically used in cases of a torn Achilles tendon, or …
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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Heel pain