Understand Achilles Heel Pain
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body—and it is one of the strongest. It can withstand over 1,000 pounds of force. However, you can easily overuse your Achilles tendon and injure it. Some of the most common causes of Achilles tendon injury and pain include:
- Climbing stairs or inclines
- Standing up too quickly
- Wearing high heels
- Increasing your physical activity levels too quickly
If you perform the same repetitive motions over and over again, you can weaken the tendon. With too much overuse or exertion, the tendon starts to ache. The area will likely swell, stiffen, and feel tender. If you hear a popping or creaking noise as you walk or run, you should see a podiatrist immediately.