Achilles Tendinopathy

The Achilles tendon is a thick tendon which joins your heel bone to your calf muscle. Various components of the tendon can become injured including the tendon itself, the paratenon, the tendon sheath, the bursa and the insertion into the calcaneus bone.

Many things can contribute to the development of tendinopathy including:

  • Excessive loads/overuse e.g. training errors
  • Muscle weakness – may lead to reduced load tolerance in the tendon and/or increased loads through the tendon
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Poor footwear

Comprehensive assessment and correct diagnosis are essential to ensure an appropriate management plan can be formulated for you.

How can we help you?

  • We will conduct a comprehensive initial assessment including video gait analysis and biomechanical assessment. We will listen to you and work with you to create goals for your recovery
  • We will analyse your activity levels to determine whether your training load is appropriate
  • We will develop a plan to manage load in the tendon – this may include strapping, heel lifts, footwear modifications or orthotics.
  • We will work with you to increase the load tolerance in your tendon – rehab programs, specific strength and conditioning exercises
  • We can offer treatments which can reduce pain in the tendon – shockwave, dry needling etc

Don’t limp around any longer! Let us get you back on your feet.

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