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Achilles Tendinopathy? What’s that? Well, is the back of your heel sore? Is it painful first thing in the morning and after periods of rest? Do you get better as you move?

If you are answering yes, then you may have an Achilles Tendinopathy. As Podiatrists, we regularly see Achilles tendon pain and we know exactly how painful it can be. However, we can help you get better and back to what you love doing PAIN FREE!!!

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon connects the gastrocnemius and soleus (calf muscles) to your calcaneus (heel bone). The Achilles acts as an elastic band to help propel you forward or upward when walking, running and jumping. Funnily enough, it is one of the largest and strongest tendons in the body.

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy?

Your symptoms may be the following:

    • Sharp pain at the back of the heel
    • Swelling at the back of the heel
    • An ache or throbbing during the day and at the end of the day.
    • Pain reduces with continued weight-bearing activity
    • Pain when wearing flat shoes or going barefoot

What causes Achilles Tendinopathy?

    • Recently started running or jumping activity
    • Increased volume, intensity and frequency of activity too quickly
    • Inappropriate footwear
    • Foot posture
    • Muscle weakness
    • Muscle tightness
    • Increased BMI
    • Training surfaces (e.g. running on a treadmill or running on concrete)

How can we help your Achilles tendon pain?

There are various treatment options that we can use to help you! We treat every person individually. Not everyone has the same biomechanics and history.

Some treatments include:

    • Improving muscle strength
    • Improving muscle tightness
    • Footwear advice
    • Activity modification: decreasing frequency / duration.
    • Shockwave therapy to help stimulate healing
    • Orthotics to help reduce the load on the Achilles

Are reading this blog and thinking “this sounds exactly like me!”? Do not leave it. Let us help you get back on on your feet! For individual advice about your Achilles Tendinopathy, book a biomechanical assessment online HERE. Do you want to learn more about Achilles Tendon pain? Read more HERE.