Achilles Pain is inflammation, irritation and swelling of the Achilles tendon at it’s attachment to the back of the heel. When everyday stresses become too much for the tendon, painful symptoms develop. Symptoms include pain which is often worse after rest or with excessive activity. Careful management of achilles tendonitis is required to enable complete recovery and re-strengthening of the tendon. Along with providing detailed advice in the treatment of achilles tendonitis, your podiatrist needs to assess the cause of the damage. At times it is purely an increase in activity or poor footwear selection that becomes too much for the tendon. In other instances, there are bio-mechanical faults (e.g. flat feet or a decrease in ankle joint flexibility) or tight muscles that need to be addressed to allow recovery to occur.