ACHILLES TENDONAchilles tendon pain can become a long term problem without the right treatment. We frequently treat both acute Achilles tendinitis and chronic Achilles tendon conditions at Perform Podiatry.
ACHILLES TENDON PAIN
Achilles tendon pain can affect both active and inactive people and often occurs due to Achilles tendinitis which is now more frequently called Achilles Tendinopathy. This is an umbrella term covering both the inflammatory and non-inflammatory degenerative versions of a tendon condition. The Achilles tendons pass down the centre and back of the lower leg and connect into the back heel bone (calcaneus) pulling the foot into a downward position.
CAUSES OF ACHILLES TENDINITIS/TENDINOPATHY
- Increasing activity too quickly and not allowing enough time for recovery
- Incorrect footwear or changing to different footwear
- Changing to a different training surface (for example going from running on road to running on the sand)
- Suddenly increasing the amount of up hill running in a training program
- Calf muscle weakness
- Poor flexibility/short tight calf muscles
- Straining the calf muscle and the Achilles tendon by placing it under too much load or over stretching the muscles and tendon
- Increase in body weight
SYMPTOMS OF ACHILLES TENDINITIS/TENDINOPATHY
Achilles tendon pain and tendinopathy can occur in different parts of the tendon. It may occur either higher up in the Achilles tendon or in the mid portion of the tendon. It may also occur at the insertion of the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus). Achilles tendon pain may also be caused from inflammation of the sheath that covers the tendon or an irritation of the bursa at the back of the ankle and foot.
Symptoms may include:
- Calf muscle stiffness
- Pain in the back of the lower leg
- Swelling along the Achilles tendon or at the back of the ankle
- Pain at the back of the heel bone
- Difficulty or pain walking in flat shoes or barefoot
TREATMENT FOR ACHILLES TENDINITIS/TENDINOPATHY
To provide you with the best treatment plan our Podiatrist’s will accurately diagnose your Achilles tendon pain and what factors were involved in the cause of your condition.
Treatment of Achilles tendon conditions may include the following:
- Stretching and strengthening programs
- Gait re-training for runners
- Manual therapies such as massage and dry needlingto help treat sore and tight muscles
- Foot mobilisationtechniques to help restore normal joint range of motion to restricted and tight joints within the foot and ankle
- Footwear advice
- Activity modification in the short term
- Heel lifts or a heel raise to reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon
- Use of an ice pack
- Anti-inflammatory medication if required
- CAM Walker Boot for a short period of time
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