Achilles tendinitisThe Achilles tendon can become inflamed when the tissues are irritated and overworked. Causes of Achilles tendinitis include:

  • Aging – the tissues in our bodies begin to deteriorate and weaken with age, making them more prone to injury

  • Repetitive strain – activities that put them under a lot of strain, like running long distances, doing an intense workout with lots of jumps, or walking long hours at work

  • Unaccustomed activity –not used to doing much, and then playing a wild game of flag football or other intense activity on the weekend

  • Worn-out shoes –footwear no longer supports your feet properly, stressing your Achilles.

  • Arch type – particularly, a flat arch that leads to overpronation increases your risk, as do tight calf muscles.

  • Bone spur – an abnormal growth of bone at the back of the heel that irritates the Achilles

If you have any of these risk factors and notice pain behind your ankle, come in to Martin Foot and Ankle sooner rather than later to have us check it out. Call (717) 757-3537 to set up an appointment with one of our foot doctors at our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA office today.