Achilles Tendon Problems
Achilles tendonitis can cause pain in the back of the heel. This condition occurs when the tendon that runs from the calf, behind the ankle, and connects at the back of the heel is strained causing tears along its length. Treatment options include rest, cold therapy using ice packs or ice baths, temporarily wearing a heel lift to take some of the pressure off the tendon, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and taping the back of the calf to support the tendon and reduce tightening along with stretching and strengthening exercises. In more severe cases, ultrasound treatments may prove beneficial. Do not ignore early warning signs and work with your podiatrist to develop a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program.