Enthesopathy refers to a problem with the attachment of tendons, ligaments or components of a joint onto the bone. People with enthesopathy typically experience pain and may have stiffness or difficulty moving the affected joint or area of the body. When an inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, causes the pain of enthesopathy, it is called enthesitis. The symptoms of enthesitis and enthesopathy are the same and can feel like generalized joint pain, or pain at a specific location near the joint. The pain gets worse with movement. For example, a person with enthesopathy in the Achilles tendon will experience worsening pain when running or walking.
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