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achilles tendon pain and swelling

hi
i just joined this site because of an ongoing problem with my achilles tendons. I used to run - right achilles got sore so about 8 years ago i stopped after months of ignoring it. Stretching helped a bit. After that I did a lot of walking for exercise - but nothing extreme.
Recently (last few months) my left achilles has the same problem, the right one has eased off. But both are stiff when i get up in the mornings and after sitting at my desk or on couch. I try stretching exs for tight ham strings and calves - advice of phsyical therapist years ago with onset of first achilles problem. it sort of helps but does not really fix anything
i am 55, post menopause, and am generally noticing more stiffening/tightening of tendons/ligaments - not joints so much as far as I can tell.I don't know if this is the kind of stiffness that people say goes with menopause. I keep hoping it will just go away but it doesn't. I don't miss running but walking is critical to my health and lifestyle - I can't just give that up!

I don't know where to turn for professional help - acupuncture? sports medicine? women's health /menopause specialist?

any help and advice much appreciated
thanks!
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