Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendinitis or Achilles Tendinosis

Achilles Tendonitis causes is inflammation and degeneration of the Achilles Tendon and affects the calf region of the leg.

Achilles Tendinitis is a repetitive use injury that usually causes pain in the lower portion off the calf muscle or heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. It is a condition that often requires time and careful management for a full recovery.

It can be caused by a multitude of factors such as change in activity load and type (ie. Running, jumping etc.), inappropriate footwear for the activity, poor muscle flexibility and strength, and poor foot and ankle biomechanics. It is necessary to take a thorough history and assessment, then to perform a specific biomechanical assessment (hyperlink) to check for subtleties such as timing of heel-off in the gait cycle as these can cause injury to the collagen fibres that make up the tendon.

Symptoms

Pain of tendon or calf region of the leg prior to, during and after exercise.

Treatment

Treatment usually involves a combination of pain relief medication, stretching, strengthening, rest, changes to footwear and potentially using orthotics to correct the above subtleties.

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