In the past, it was known as “tendo Magnus” and “chorda Hippocratus,”. Later on, the legend of Achilles was associated with injuries to that tendon as medical experts from the 15th to 17th century observed how a damaged heel tendon weakens the person, hinders mobility, or can be hard to cure.
Thus, medical circles refer to the heel tendon as the Achilles or calcaneal tendon.
Common Injuries of the Achilles Heel
Injuries in the Achilles tendon may be caused by several factors, including stress from intense activities, ill-fitting shoes, friction on the tendon due to a growing heel bone, and sudden pressure during exercise and other tasks. This is especially true for people who participate in dynamic and active sports like basketball, boxing, or track and field which place plenty of stress on the feet and ankles.
Listed below are the common injuries that your Achilles heel may experience:
This condition refers to inflammation or swelling of the Achilles tendon. People with this condition may experience leg weakness, pain and inflammation, and stiffness in the affected heel area.
This is a less severe condition involving the bursa or fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion and minimizes friction when pressure is applied to the heel.
A ruptured or torn tendon is more common that you think. People who are not physically well-conditioned or have existing joint conditions (e.g. gouty arthritis) may be more prone to tendon ruptures.