It is used for walking, running and jumping. It is the largest tendon in the body, connecting calf muscle to heel bone. It is very strong, yet easily injured. “It” is the Achilles tendon. Find out how to deal with an Achilles injury.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging or degeneration
  • Bone spur
  • Repetitive stress or overuse
  • Sudden increase in activity amount or intensity
  • Tight or inflexible calf muscles
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Debilitation
  • Irritation at back of heel
  • Pain along back of leg
  • Popping noise
  • Swelling along tendon

Tips & Treatments

  • Injury can occur suddenly.
  • Partial tears are common in middle- and long-distance runners.
  • Ruptures can happen to anyone but are more frequent in:
    • Middle-age athletes or weekend warriors
    • Sprinters and others participating in sports requiring bursts of activity
    • Anyone improperly prepared for sudden activity or inadequately trained


These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.