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Q: What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Basically, this is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon (the large tendon connecting the two major calf muscles- the gastrocnemius and the soleus- to the back of the heel bone). Under too much stress, the tendon tightens and is forced to work too hard. It becomes inflamed (tendonitis) and over time, can produce a covering of scar tissue. If it continues to be stressed, it can tear or rupture. Excessive hill running or speedwork, both of which stress the Achilles tendon, can cause this to develop. The best prevention plan includes a good stretching program and wearing good shoes when you exercise.

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