The Achilles tendon is one of the longest and thickest tendons in the body. It originates in the back of the leg on the powerful gastrocnemius-soleus muscle group (calf muscle) and it inserts on the calcaneus (heel bone). Injuries can include inflammation, degeneration, partial tearing and rupture of the tendon. Injuries to the muscle can include muscle tears and strains, while injuries to the heel bone can include the formation of bone spurs at the tendon attachment point.
Treatment methods vary widely depending upon the type and severity of injury to this important soft tissue structure. It is important to have the injury evaluated by your physician to establish the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.