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The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more. But it is also the most frequently ruptured tendon.
Both professional and weekend athletes can suffer from Achilles tendonitis, a common overuse injury and inflammation of the tendon.
Events that can cause Achilles tendonitis may include :
Achilles tendonitis often begins with mild pain after exercise or running that gradually worsens.
Other symptoms include :
Treatment Normally Includes :
In extreme cases, surgery is performed to remove the fibrous tissue and repair any tears.