Achilles Tendon Pain
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Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Pain in the back of the ankle

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon

  • Achilles tendon pain

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About the Symptom

It describes the painful sensation over the back of the leg near the heel along the course of the Achilles tendon, which may be pressing, sharp, burning or dull.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain at the back of ankle

Possible causes

Generally, Achilles tendon pain can be related to:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is an chronic inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints in your spine. Although the cause is unknown, certain genetic factors are believed to be involved.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have Achilles tendon pain?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do your joints appear red, swollen, or warm?

  • Is the affected area hot to touch?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

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References

  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 25(1):p 23-31, January 2017. | DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00187

Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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