You don’t have to be an ancient Greek hero to experience pain caused by achilles tendinitis!

The achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to your heel bone. This tendon is used for activities such as walking, running, or pushing up on your toes.

Common in runners, middle-aged people who play sports irregularly, and others who suddenly increase the intensity or amount of a physical activity, achilles tendinitis is an injury caused by repetitive stress to the tendon.

If you have pain or tenderness in your heel or back of your leg, you may be experiencing achilles tendinitis. Other symptoms include stiffness of the tendon, swelling, or a bone spur.

There are several steps one can take to mitigate risk factors, as well as many at-home treatment options. Watch and follow along with one of our awesome physical therapists, Matt, as he demonstrates a few stretches and exercises to help you prevent future injury and manage existing pain easily from your living room.

1. Lateral Step Down

2. Static Wall Hamstring Stretch

3. Achilles Eccentrics with Step

We hope the exercises and stretches we have compiled will help you! If pain persists, we encourage you to seek an evaluation with one of our physical therapists.