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Do you get pain in the back of your heel or along the heel cord when you walk or run?
Does it hurt in that area when you take the first few steps in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a while?
You could be suffering from Achilles tendonitis or simply inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
This tendon is part of a very powerful and important muscle used when walking and running called the calf muscle. If the tendon becomes mechanically stressed or fatigued then it can become inflamed and hence painful. One of the major causes of this mechanical fatigue is foot function.
That is why it is essential that you have your feet checked as part of your treatment for this common problem, along with getting the correct advice regarding exercise regimen, stretches, footwear and medical management with anti-inflammatory agents. If your foot is unstable during walking and running, this can place unnecessary strain on your Achilles tendon. The use of prescription orthoses is a successful way to address any mechanical foot problems and aid in the recovery of this problem, and hopefully address any future mechanical causes which may result in re-injury in the future.
For more detailed information, see our Acrobat pdf Information sheet on Achilles Tendon Problems which is available on our website.
Please remember that the information in these documents should not be used as a substitute for podiatric or medical attention.