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. Several patients report traumatic situations in their survival in association with the beginnings of pain which may contribute to the symptoms.
The disease can be treated by ice, cold compression therapy, wearing heel pads and routine exercise to strengthen the heels. Other therapies include ultrasound therapy, manual therapy, prolotherapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The prevelance of Achilies tendinitis is reported as 10, cases per 100,000 in Israel.