Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is a term that commonly refers to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon or its covering. Most experts now use the term Achilles tendinopathy to include both inflammation and micro-tears.

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What are the aims of Achilles Tendonitis treatment?

Early Injury Protection: Pain Reduction & Anti-inflammatory Phase. There is no specific time frame for when to progress from each stage to the next. Your Achilles tendonitis rehabilitation status will be determined by many factors during clinical assessment. It is also important to note that each progression must be carefully monitored as attempting to progress too soon to the next level can lead to re-injury and frustration.

 

What are the causes of Achilles Tendonitis?

  • Over-training or unaccustomed use – “too much too soon”
  • Sudden change in training surface – e.g. grass to pavement
  • Flat (over-pronated) feet
  • High foot arch with tight Achilles tendon
  • Tight hamstring (back of thigh) and calf muscles
  • Poorly supportive footwear
  • Hill running
  • Poor eccentric strength

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

  • Pain, stiffness, and loss of strength in the affected area
  • Pain may get worse when you use your Achilles tendon
  • You may have more pain and stiffness during the night or when you get up in the morning
  • The area may be tender, red, warm, or swollen if there is inflammation
  • You may notice and crunchy sound or feeling when you use the tendon

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