Achilles Tendinitis is a consistent irritation and re-occurrence of swelling in the Achilles tendon that is often a result of constant stress being placed on the tendon itself, as well as on the calf muscle. And, it’s becoming more common as more people continue exercising as they get older.
What helps make the Achilles tendon vulnerable is its limited supply of blood, which results in even less circulation as a person gets older and increases the risk of chronic pain. And, the Achilles tendon is surrounded by a special sheath that allows it to slide with activity. However, that sheath can thicken as activity increases, making the Achilles tendon less flexible and thus prone to injury and irritation, such as tendinitis.
Thankfully, Achilles tendinitis is easily treated when tackled at early onset. It is critical though, that it be treated soon in order to avoid a more serious injury, such as an Achilles tendon tear. No one wants to experience that.