You don’t have to be a professional athlete to injure your Achilles tendon. “Weekend warrior” athletes who overdo it are at risk of this injury. It can even happen performing simple household tasks like climbing a ladder.

The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body. It runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This tendon is very strong but withstands considerable wear and tear during everyday activities like walking, running, jumping or standing on tiptoe.

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