Health Tip: Understanding Achilles Tendonitis

(HealthDay News) -- The Achilles tendon is what joins the muscles in the calf to the heel bone. When it is overused or injured, it becomes inflamed -- a condition called Achilles tendonitis.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common causes of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Among runners, rapidly running much faster or for longer distances.
  • Changing your exercise regimen to include running up hills or climbing stairs.
  • Beginning to exercise again too soon after a rest period.
  • Very strenuous exercise of the calf muscles, such as during a final sprint.
  • Overusing the calf muscles.

-- Diana Kohnle

MedicalNewsCopyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

CONTINUE SCROLLING FOR NEXT NEWS ARTICLE

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors