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Achilles pain is discomfort or pain in the back of the lower leg, near the heel. It is often caused by inflammation or tears in the Achilles tendon, the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Symptoms of Achilles pain can include stiffness, swelling, and difficulty flexing the foot. Treatment may include resting the affected foot, applying ice to the area, and taking over-the-counter pain medication. In severe cases, a doctor may recommend physical therapy or surgery.