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Heel Bursitis or Tendon Injury: Preventing Pain - Topic Overview

An injury to the Achilles tendon (Achilles tendinopathy) can cause pain and stiffness on and above the back of the heel. Achilles tendinopathy is common among athletes. But it also occurs in people of all ages, activity levels, and jobs. Bursitis can also cause pain and swelling at the back or bottom of the heel.

To prevent and ease pain during work, play, or daily activities:

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  • Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
  • Do calf stretches with your toe pointed slightly in. Make sure your body is warmed up (from walking or biking) before fully stretching your Achilles tendon.
  • Avoid strenuous activity that your body is not conditioned for.
  • Wear shoes, heel pads, or orthotics (shoe inserts) that cushion your heels during sports or strenuous activities.
  • Avoid poorly fitting shoes or shoes that press on the backs of the heels.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: October 16, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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