Achilles tendinopathy starts with repeated small tears in the tendon. These tears may cause no
obvious symptoms. Or they may cause mild to severe pain during movement. As the tearing
continues, the leg may weaken and the tendon pain may become constant. Abnormal
growths (nodules) may form in the tendon, and it may thicken.
Without rest and treatment of Achilles tendinopathy,
you may develop long-lasting (chronic) pain.
Achilles tendon tear or rupture
An Achilles tendon
can partially tear or
completely tear (rupture) . A tear usually occurs in the tendon about
1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to
2.5 in. (6.4 cm) above where it attaches to the heel bone. Some doctors believe that this area
is most likely to tear or rupture because of a limited blood supply.
If you don't treat an Achilles rupture, you will feel
weakness in your first steps when you walk. It may feel like walking in the sand. Over time, walking will become difficult.
Other Achilles tendon problems
can affect the Achilles tendon area alone or along with tendinosis. These other
conditions are caused by inflammation. They include: