The Achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle. It connects the large calf muscles to the heel bone.
Just like a joint the Achilles tendon is also subject to becoming irritated and this can result in Achilles Tendinopathy.
People usually complain of pain and stiffness behind the ankle especially in the morning or after activity.
The symptoms normally start gradually and may start for no known reason. Pain typically occurs whilst running or walking, especially uphill or on stairs and subsides with rest. The tendon may feel hot and swollen and may feel lumpy to touch.
If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111