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Characteristics of Achilles Tendonitis:
Irritation and inflammation injury to the Achilles tendon. Sometimes pain is localized to the insertion site of the affected tendon or mid/central (non-insertion) fibrous portion of the tendon (behind the ankle).
Commonly creates posterior heel pain and morning stiffness along the tendon.
Pain tends to get worse with activity; with increasing severity post activity or exercise.
Additional symptoms include thickening of the tendon; bone spur formation at the back and side of the heel (insertional tendinitis); chronic swelling; and irritation from shoes rubbing on the tendon.
Treatment: addressing mechanics or footwear creating abnormal torque or friction to the area.