The Achilles tendon attaches the back of the heel to the calf muscles. There are three main calf muscles, and their role is to point the foot downwards.
The Achilles tendon is so significantly involved in the gait cycle that problems affecting it can be lifestyle-limiting.
Achiles tendon problems can be divided into different types:
3) Myotendinous junction
It is important to make sure that you do have Achilles tendinopathy and that you don't actually have a plantaris tendinopathy - which would be pain on only the inside part of the tendon.
Presenting as pain in the back of the heel or in the ankle, it seems that meer mortals fall victim to the Achilles tendon, not just Greek Adonises!