Achilles tendinopathy is a common condition in active people who play tennis, football, netball, or athletes who run recreationally. It is characterised by over-sensitivity of the Achilles tendon and becomes painful with walking, running or jumping. It can also be commonly referred to as Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It is comprised of three muscles (gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris) which join together to attach onto your heel bone, or calcaneus. Any one of these muscles can be a source of the symptoms, as well as various other structures close to the Achilles tendon, so diagnosis of the exact structures by one of the Sports Physiotherapists at Forefront Physio Geelong is critical.
The symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy include:
- Pain in the Achilles tendon or on the heel bone
- Pain with walking, running or jumping
- Weakness with push off through the calf muscles
- Tightness or tenderness of the calf muscles.
What causes Achilles tendinopathy?
- Overuse of the Achilles tendon
- Altered foot posture
- Weakness through the calf muscles and tendons
- Excessive tightness of the shin muscles
5 Tips to help manage Achilles tendinopathy:
1. Rest your legs
Take a rest from your usual physical activities that aggravate your Achilles. The amount of rest differs from person to person so it is important to speak with your Physiotherapist from Forefront Physio Geelong.
2. Ice your Achilles
Applying an ice pack can help your Achilles to settle and reduce your pain by decreasing the inflammation in the affected area.
3. Stretches and exercises
Appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises for the calf and Achilles can decrease your pain and increase the robustness of the tendon. However, this should be undertaken with guidance from a trusted sports physiotherapist available at Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong as some stretching exercises can aggravate the Achilles tendon in certain cases.
4. See your Doctor
Sometimes when an Achilles tendinopathy is very reactive it may be necessary to take anti-inflammatory medication as prescribed by your doctor. This should be considered a temporary treatment and should always be followed up with the correct physiotherapy rehabilitation.
5. Book an appointment online
Book a physiotherapy appointment online at Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong and get expert assessment and treatment for your Achilles tendinopathy such as massage therapy and dry needling, along with appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises. Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong are experienced in dealing with Achilles pain and strive to restore your function and mobility.