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Achillies Tendinitis Treatment

footAchillies Tendons are a strong band of tissue that connects the calf muscles such as the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles to the plantaris muscle and heel bone or calcaneus. Achillies Tendons tend to be one of the more common tendons that are injured in the body. Achillies Tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achillies Tendons. Achillies Tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have changed their training requirements, for example suddenly increased intensity or duration of their runs. Achillies Tendinitis is also very common in people over 40 years of age who play sports such as tennis or basketball and tend to play sports on the weekends. Excessive force on the Achillies tendon can result in tears and ruptures. A tear may result from sudden movements such as a sprinting from a stop. The abrupt tension of the tendon can be too much and can tear or possibly rupture.

Signs and symptoms of Achillies Tendinitis
  • Begins as a mild ache in back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity which may be more noticeable especially when stretching your ankle or standing on your toes
  • You may notice tenderness of the Achillies Tendons, swelling and stiffness
  • Episodes of more severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting
Causes of Achillies Tendonitis
  • Achillies Tendinitis is mostly caused by repetitive or intense strains
  • Achillies Tendons tend to weaken with age, which make it more susceptible to injury, particularly those who play sports only on the weekends or who have suddenly increased the intensity of their running programs
  • Wearing high heels which can cause an increase in the tension of the tendon
Treatment of Achillies Tendinitis
    • Treatment for strains and sprains such as Achillies Tendinitis involve reducing inflammation, swelling and pain
    • Focused treatments to the Achillies Tendons as well as the muscles that attach to it either directly or indirectly such as the plantaris muscle or the muscles of the calves such as gastrocnemius and soleus are helpful
    • When assessing the foot careful observation will reveal if any other conditions are contributing to Achillies Tendinitis such as flat feet

If you have any questions about Achillies Tendinitis contact our staff at Dynamic Physiotherapy.


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