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The condition

The condition

Achilles tendinopathy is pain and inflammation of the tendon at the back of the heel. It is usually caused by injury or overuse. Symptoms include pain, swelling, weakness and stiffness, and tenderness over the heel.

Tendinopathy usually gets better either on its own or with the help of rest, applying ice and treatments such as corticosteroid injections, orthotics (foot support devices), physiotherapy, physical exercises or stretching and pain relief medications. If these don't work, surgery may sometimes be considered. NICE has looked at using extracorporeal shockwave therapy as another treatment option.

NHS Choices may be a good place to find out more.

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