Achilles Tendinitis

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. 


Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the achilles tendon which attaches the calf musculature to the heel.


Achilles tendinitis can be caused by several factors.

Overuse is the most common cause, especially when levels of physical activity have been rapidly increased. Excessive hill running also increase the chance of overuse.

Excessive pronation of the foot increases the risk of this condition.

Wearing high heels can cause a shortening of the achilles and calf musculature. When regular shoes are then worn for exercise, the achilles tendon is overstretched, causing overuse and tendinitis.


  • Distal lower limb flexibility
  • Distal lower limb strengthening (especially eccentric)
  • Ankle proprioception