According to the Mayo Clinic, the pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting.
You might also experience tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity. In some cases, there may also exist a bone spur (calcium deposit) on the back of the heel bone.
This inflammation is aggravated by the continuous irritation of a hypermobile heel bone that allows excessive stretching during certain activities, straining an already tight tendon.
Plantar Fasciitis has been described by many people as the worst pain they’ve ever experienced, and it’s estimated that 2,000,000 Americans suffer from this condition each year.
The Mayo Clinic reports that “The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.” And that is more common in runners but not exclusively.
If left untreated, you won’t be able to walk or stand without extreme discomfort. In some cases, surgery is required.
Risk Factors include: Age, Obesity, Foot Mechanics, Standing Occupations, Certain Types of Exercise