As long as I don't walk much and don't wear athletic shoes I am pretty much over the problem. But when I grocery shop or walk the mall or mow and especially if I wear tennis shoes while doing so then my foot hurts. I wish that someone had given me a good concrete reason for stretching before I exercised. For example, had they told me that my foot would hurt so badly for months that I would want to cut it off if I didn't stretch, I would have stretched. So I am warning you--stretch your achilles tendon on a regular basis before it is too late. Stretch.
And I have an appointment with my spiritual director next Thursday and she will pray over it and I am hoping that will do the trick. She has the gift of intercessory healing prayer.