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
Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
stretches with your toe pointed slightly in. Make sure your body is warmed up
(from walking or biking) before fully stretching your Achilles
Avoid strenuous activity that your body is not conditioned
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
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma