What Does Achilles Tendonitis Feel Like?

How do you know if you have damaged your Achilles tendon?


  • The feeling of having been kicked in the calf.
  • Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel.
  • An inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking.
  • An inability to stand on the toes on the injured leg.
  • A popping or snapping sound when the injury occurs.

What does a strained Achilles tendon feel like?

The most obvious sign is pain above your heel, especially when you stretch your ankle or stand on your toes. If the tendon ruptures, the pain is instant and severe. The area may also feel tender, swollen, and stiff. If your Achilles tendon tears, you may hear a snapping or popping noise when it happens.

Can I walk with a sore Achilles tendon?

The rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) method is usually effective in treating Achilles tendonitis right after you’re injured. This method works in the following way: Rest: Don’t put pressure or weight on your tendon for one to two days until you can walk on the tendon without pain.

What happens if Achilles tendonitis goes untreated?

If left untreated, Achilles tendinitis usually worsens into a chronically painful condition that increases the risk of tendon rupture. This chronic condition is known as tendinitis. Resuming activities too soon may increase your healing time and put you at risk for repeated tendon injuries.