Achilles Tendon Injury

WHO? Running sports Jumping sports Professional athletes Weekend warriors WHAT? The Achilles tendon, is a thick band of tissue that joins the gastrocnemius and soleus (calf muscles) to the calcaneus (heel bone). An Achilles tendon injury is usually caused by tendonitis, an over use injury of the Achilles tendon where repetitive running and jumping is involved. WHEN? When the Achilles tendon is repetitively stressed, micro tears can appear within the tendon. Over time, these tears weaken the tendon and can lead to a larger tear or complete rupture. HOW? When an Achilles tendon injury occurs it usually causes pain and inflammation of the tendon [...]