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Your Achilles Tendon Pain May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in achilles
Aches and pains in ankle
Achilles ache
Achilles discomfort
Achilles hurts
Achilles is painful
Achilles pain
Achilles soreness
Ankle ache
Ankle discomfort

Top 10 Achilles Tendon Pain Causes

  1. 1.Achilles Tendonitis

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Together, they help push the heel off the ground and let a person go up on their toes. Achilles tendinitis occurs when that tendon becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. Common treatments for this condition are rest, alternating applying heat and ice to the tendon, and wearing heel pads to raise the heel and shorten the calf muscles to reduce strain on the tendon.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    achilles-area pain, stiff achilles tendon, swollen achilles
    Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendonitis:
    achilles-area pain
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Non - Specific Ankle Pain

    Ankle pain not caused by injury or surgery that is a variation of normal.

    Your ankle pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat the pain symptomatically.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    ankle pain from an injury, severe ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Ankle Arthritis

    Arthritis of the ankle is a degenerative joint disorder occurring in the ankle. It presents with joint pain and stiffness that is typically worse with activity.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with over-the-counter drugs like capsaicin, methylsalicylate cream or topical NSAIDs. you may want to see your primary care physician if the pain persists or worsens.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, joint stiffness, swollen foot, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy

    Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy is the dysfunction of a tendon (muscles to bones) in the back of the foot, which can lead to having flat feet. It's unclear why exactly it happens, but might be related to poor blood flow and mechanical issues specific to the person.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can diagnose this condition by clinical interview and exam. Treatment is conservative and involves a cast, over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, and orthotic footwear. Surgery is a last resort.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen foot, limping, pain in one ankle, heel pain
    Symptoms that never occur with posterior tibialis tendinopathy:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acute Ankle Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the ankle is a bacterial or fungal infection of the ankle bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, spontaneous ankle pain, constant ankle pain, warm red ankle swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with acute ankle bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous ankle pain, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Osteochondritis Dissecans

    At joints where bones meet, bones are covered with a layer of cartilage which provides shock absorbance and lubrication. Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition where a piece of cartilage with a thin layer of bone detach from the larger bone, causing pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Conservative therapy is first considered, such as resting the joint, and physical therapy. Surgery is performed if the conservative treatment fails.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse during a run, knee stiffness, knee instability, spontaneous knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Ankle Sprain

    Ankle ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize the ankle joint. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments caused by a twisting motion of the joint.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated and to assess the severity of the ankle sprain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, bruised ankle, recent ankle injury
    Symptoms that always occur with ankle sprain:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    You should go to the ER immediately. Treatment entails draining the infected area and providing antibiotics to fight the infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    You should visit your primary care physician to manage this disease as there are many treatment options. A treatment plan will often consist of therapy (physical, occupational, massage), patient education, exercise and rest, devices to protect joints, medicine and/or surgery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain, joint stiffness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Achilles Tendon Pain

  • Q.Is your ankle pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your ankle pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your ankle pain been going on?
  • Q.What is your body mass?

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Achilles Tendon Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced achilles tendon pain have also experienced:

    • 10% Ankle Pain
    • 4% Heel Pain
    • 4% Foot Pain
  • People who have experienced achilles tendon pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced achilles tendon pain were most often matched with:

    • 27% Achilles Tendonitis
    • 14% Non - Specific Ankle Pain
    • 10% Ankle Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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