Achilles' tendon pain - Definition

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The Achilles tendon is the tendon of the calf muscle, the sural triceps, that connects to the heel bone and is located behind the foot. Achilles tendinopathy is widespread and common in athletes, especially among runners. It is an inflammation of the tendon responsible for minor swelling, making walking painful. It can be due to repeated running or climbing stairs, trauma, sometimes poorly-fitting footwear. Rest and anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce the pain.