In the period from August 1989 through December 1992, 42 track and field athletes with unilateral Achilles tendonitis and/or peritendinitis were operated using multiple percutaneous longitudinal tenotomy under local anesthesia following failure of conservative treatment. Patients were reviewed in a special clinic over three consecutive days at an average of 19.2 (9.4) months from the operation. Of the 42 patients operated, 36 (86%) attended. On this occasion, only subjective assessment was carried out. Of the other six patients, four were interviewed by telephone using the same questionnaire; two were lost to follow-up. The results in 25 patients (59.5) were rated as excellent, 11 (28.2%) as good, 4 (9.5%) as fair, and 2 (4.8%) as poor.