It's common in runners and middle-aged people who play sports only on the weekends.

Heel pain and tenderness are key symptoms.

Treatment usually involves at-home care under a doctor's supervision, such as rest and pain relievers.

A tear of the Achilles tendon, a cord that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
  • achilles tendinopathy
  • achilles tendonitis

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.


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Cases per year

More than 200,000 cases per year in US

Treatment from medical professional advised

Requires a medical diagnosis

Rarely requires lab test or imaging

More common in males

Can last several months

Common for ages 50 and older

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