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                         Achilles Tendonitis   

Definition:

The inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the group of tissues that connect the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone.

Symptoms:

Symptoms can include the following: mild aches, tenderness, stiffness, swelling at the back leg and above the heel after intense exercise and severe pain following more exercise. The movement of the lower leg will be weak and there will also be a crackling sound from the leg.

Causes:

The overuse of the tendon and calf muscles from intense exercises such as running, jumping, and other strenuous activities.


                         Plantar Fasciitis

Definition:

Pain and inflammation of a thick group of tissue known as “plantar fascia,” that is located on the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes.

Symptoms: 

Develops gradually, affecting one foot or both feet simultaneously. Sharp pains can also be felt in the heel of the foot.  

Causes:

Activities such as taking the first steps in the morning, standing for long periods of time, and running often will result in Plantar Fasciitis. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant, and people who wear shoes with inadequate support are also at risk.