Achilies tendinitis is a condition caused by overuse injury of the Achilles tendon results in the pain near the heel. Although Achilles tendon, the largest tendon of the body can withstand heavy stress but also prone to tendinitis because of overuse and degeneration. This disease is more common among the athletes.
The symptoms can vary with swelling and pain to the local area of the affected limb. Some common symptoms of the disease are pain, stiffness, burning and swelling which worse during and after activity.
In Australia the incidence of Achilles tendon in the general population is 7 per 100,000. The average age of patients is 30–40 years with a male-to-female ratio 4-5:1. Competitive athletes appear to have a lifetime incidence of Achilles tendinopathy of 24 percent (40-50% in competitive runners, 17-18% in sprinters, soccer players and decathletes, 12% in track & field jumpers and basketballers), with 18 percent sustained by athletes younger than 45 years.