Achilles Tendinopathy is an unfortunately common complaint seen in a physiotherapy clinic. Achilles tendon pain is usually due to small tears in the tendon which can develop over time. This may occur due to a single incident of overstretching or straining the tendon, or through general overuse where the tendon becomes worn and damaged.
Several factors can contribute to the development of Achilles Tendonitis. These include:
Achilles symptoms include pain in the Achilles tendon, heel or lower calf. Tenderness to pressure, and redness and swelling are common. There may be difficulty rising up onto your toes, particularly when standing on 1 leg only.
Early physiotherapy treatment for this problem is vital as it can become difficult to resolve the longer it has been there. Full rehabilitation is important to achieve an optimum outcome and prevent reoccurrence.
Treatment may include: