The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles is subjected to significant loads and is therefore a common site of injury including tendinitis (inflammation), tendinosis (degeneration), tears, and ruptures. Symptoms include pain and tenderness, especially during or right after heavy activity.
Treatments for Achilles injuries depend on severity of the symptoms and the degree of the injury. For tendinitis and tendinosis, treatment may include rest, ice, bracing/heel lifts, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Ruptures generally require surgical evaluation.