Achilles Tendinitis, often refer as achilles tendinopathy or tendinosis, is pain or inflammation at the achilles tendon.
Healing of the achilles tendon is often slow, due to its poor blood supply
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
- Slow onset, develops over a period of days.
- Achilles pain at the back of the ankle, just above the heel bone.
- Pain at the onset of exercise, Pain eases with rest.
- Tenderness on touch
Acute tendonitis will lead to chronic achilles tendonitis if it goes untreated or is not allow sufficient rest. Chronic achilles tendonitis is a difficult condition to treat, particularly in older population.
- Slow onset of achilles pain, develop over a period of weeks, or even months.
- Constant pain throughout exercise, when walking especially up hill or up stairs.
- Stiffness in the Achilles tendon especially in the morning or after rest.
- Tenderness on touch
- Redness, swelling or thickening over the Achilles tendon.
Causes of Achilles Pain:
- Overuse injury, less recovery or rest time
- Increase in activity (either distance, speed or hills).
- Inappropriate footwear or high heels
- Weak calf muscles.
- Decreased range of motion at the ankle joint, usually cause by tight calf muscles.
- Running up hills – the achilles tendon has to stretch more than normal on every stride.
- Flatfeet or feet which roll in when running can place an increased strain on the achilles tendon.
Physiotherapy treatment for Achilles Tendonitis
Physiotherapy treatment for Achilles Tendonitis should start as soon as possible to faster recovery and to prevent further damage.
At Physioclinic, physiotherapy treatment will significantly reduce pain and inflammation at Achilles tendonitis and then gradually improve muscle strength and flexibility to ensure an optimal outcome.
Physiotherapy treatment will be customised to you, may include:
- Pain Relief/ Tissue Healing: Heat Therapy, Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation
- Advice about insoles and orthotics
- Lifestyle /activity modification
- Exercises to improve strength, flexibility, balance, proprioception
- Sport specific exercises
Your physiotherapist at Physioclinic will guide you through an individualised exercise program to ensure you make the best possible recovery and return to your sport as safely and as quickly as possible.