Sometimes I experience pain at the back of my heel when I run or go up on my toes or when I try to push off while walking. It can be a burning or throbbing type pain. You have just described Achilles Tendinitis.
Achilles Tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles Tendon or Heel Cord. Several different factors may cause this tendinitis. Poor Heel Cord flexibility, an overuse injury, aging, training errors or biomechanical abnormalities of the foot. Each of these can add excessive stress to the Heel Cord.
The Achilles Tendon’s function is to help transfer the force from your calf muscle to your heel bone. This force is necessary to help you push-off while walking or rise up on your toes. Achilles Tendinitis can be painful and limit your activities because of pain with push-off.
I’m Physical Therapist Steve Taylor of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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