The standard English term for the tendon located above and behind the heel originates from Ancient Greek literature. The Achilles tendon connects the heel with the muscles of the calf and allows the foot to bend. An Achilles tendon injury is painful but will usually heal within a short period. If someone experiences a succession of injuries to the tendon, that fail to fully recover, it leads to a condition that doctors call Achilles tendinopathy.
The onset of pain in the back of the foot provides a clear indicator that some damage has occurred. If this pain is strong but intolerable, it could be a case of a tendon rupture. The pain is usually worse in the early morning and declines as the day proceeds. If the pain is very strong, then it is more likely to be a moderate Achilles tendon injury.
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