The achilles tendon connects the heel of the foot to the calf muscles. It is the strongest tendon in your body. These problems occur at the back of the foot where you will feel a sharp, constant pain when you walk or run, just above your heel.
GREEN: You can treat this condition yourself BUT you should seek professional help if you want reassurance that what you are doing is the best approach for you.
Gently stretch the area whenever you are going back to activity levels that have previously prompted the problem to occur – reducing the chances of more achilles tendon problems.
Achilles injuries can be stubborn. If your pain has been present on and off for a number of years then consulting with a specialist podiatrist, or contacting your GP for referral to a physiotherapist or, in severe cases an orthopaedic surgeon, may be the best option.