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Achilles tendinitis

  • Alternative Names

    Tendinitis of the heel


    Symptoms include pain in the heel and along the tendon when walking or running. The area may feel painful and stiff in the morning.

    The tendon may be painful to touch or move. The skin over the tendon may be swollen and warm. You may have trouble standing up on one toe.

    Signs and tests

    The doctor will perform a physical exam. The doctor will look for tenderness along the tendon and pain in the area of the tendon when you stand on your toes.

    X-rays can help diagnose arthritis.

    An MRI scan may be done if your doctor is thinking about surgery or is worried about the tear in the Achilles tendon.