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The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more. It also is the most frequently ruptured tendon, usually as a result of a sports injury. Both professional and weekend athletes may suffer from Achilles tendonitis, a common overuse injury and inflammation of the tendon.
Events that can cause Achilles tendonitis may include:
Achilles tendonitis often begins with mild pain after exercise or running that gradually worsens. Other symptoms include:
Treatment normally includes:
In extreme cases, surgery is performed to remove the fibrous tissue and repair any tears.