Achilles Tendinopathy

 

The Achilles tendon is found on the posterior portion of your ankle. It connects the calf muscle to the heel bone allow you to push off in gait. It is a powerful muscle that often gets overused. As a result the tendon begins to get stressed and eventually swelling, inflammation and pain occurs.

These stresses can be due to many factors such as:

  • Joint range of motion,
  • Activity changes
  • Abnormal gait

Many people often feel a sharp pain first thing when they get out of bed in the morning.

It is best to get diagnosed by a podiatrist to be able to determine the cause and diagnose this pathology.

Further diagnostic modalities are useful such as ultrasounds and MRI.

The ways to treat a tendinopathy are to ice and rest after sport or when you feel pain. In addition, over the counter anti-inflammatory are useful to control pain and inflammation.

Lastly, physical therapy such as an exercise/stretching regime prescribed by your podiatrist are very effective. Further additions such as external heel lifts or orthotics can be prescribed to aid in treatment.