Achilles Tendinopathy presents as pain at the back of the heel, and can span up the back of the leg. Running (particularly uphill) will worsen the pain. Initially there may be some swelling, but the pain can continue even when the swelling has subsided.
The main symptoms include pain and stiffness around the affected Achilles tendon. Pain and stiffness tends to develop gradually and can be more painful first thing in the morning. Runners may experience pain at the beginning of their run, which may ease and become more bearable, followed by an increase in pain when they have stopped.
There is a risk of tearing (rupturing) the Achilles tendon if you have Achilles Tendinopathy. This is because the tendon is damaged and weaker than usual. However, the risk is usually quite low. Severe pain around the Achilles tendon that develops suddenly may be a sign of tendon rupture. We suggest you see a podiatrist urgently if you think this might be the case.