Facebook Live- Why does my Achilles Stiffen in the Morning?

Facebook Live 1st October 2019

Why is our achilles sore in the morning?

What is the Achilles tendon? It's the make up of our two calf muscles the gastrocnemius and soleus. These two muscles join together to form our Achilles tendon. The reason for the morning stiffness/pain is mostly due to irritation to the Achilles tendon due to various reasons such as pathology, increase in weight, excessive uphill walking to name a few. We also know that tendons don't like rest, so when we sleep at night our Achilles tendon contracts and stiffens up. When we wake up in the morning and take those first few steps out of bed, our stiff Achilles tendon is stretched which can result in morning pain and stiffness. Think of it like concrete setting while we sleep and when we wake up that concrete is being broken down.