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    Symptoms

    Symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy may include:

    • Pain in the back of the heel, in the Achilles tendon camera.gif area. Pain may be mild or severe. Swelling may occur.
    • Tenderness in the Achilles tendon area. Tenderness may be more noticeable in the morning.
    • Stiffness that goes away as the tendon warms up with use.
    • Decreased strength and movement, or a feeling of sluggishness in the leg.

    Symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture may include:

    • A sudden, sharp pain that feels like a direct hit to the Achilles tendon. There may be a pop when the rupture occurs. This may be followed by swelling and bruising.
    • Heel pain. (It may be severe.)
    • Not being able to go on tiptoe with the hurt leg.

    If you have a partial rupture (tear) of the Achilles tendon, you may have near-normal strength and less pain after the initial injury, compared to what you would have after a complete rupture.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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