The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the heel to the calf muscles. It is often subjected to great stress, from walking, running & jumping, making it prone to irritation. When Achilles tendinitis occurs a patient may experience pain along the tendon or heel, and swelling.
Most patients experience relief from non-surgical treatment, such as rest, exercise, physical therapy, and pain medication. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair, or remove, the damaged section of tendon.