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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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