This form of tendonitis affects the Achilles tendon, the large rope like tendon attached to the heel bone at the back of the foot. Achilles tendonitis usually is caused by overuse, especially in sports that require running or repeated jumping, and it accounts for 15% of all running injuries. Achilles tendonitis also may be related to faulty running technique or to poorly fitting shoes, if the back of the shoe digs into the Achilles tendon above the heel. Less often, Achilles tendonitis is related to an inflammatory illness, such as ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
In general, tendonitis causes pain in the tissues surrounding a joint, especially after the joint is used too much during play or work. In some cases, the joint also may be weak, and the area may be red, swollen and warm to the touch.
Other symptoms vary according to which tendon is affected:
Achilles tendonitis Pain at the back of the heel or 2 to 4 inches above the heel
When I look at the treatments they include pads for Shoes but what about when barefooted. Any recommendations? I thought about purchasing some extra large Elastoplast to cover the heel etc.