The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis means inflammation of the Achilles tendon and this can progress to Achilles tendinopathy when tendon degeneration occurs, as a result of overuse.
Symptoms include pain in the region of the Achilles tendon that is often worse first thing in the morning, worsens with activity and/or is worse the day after exercise.
Achilles tendinopathy can develop for a variety of reasons which cause too much stress on the Achilles tendon including; increasing your training too quickly, tight calf muscles, biomechanical abnormalities (such as flat feet or high arched feet), lack of sufficient ankle movement, inappropriate footwear etc. At IONA Physiotherapy we will take a comprehensive history of your recent physical activity, along with carrying out a biomechanical assessment of your lower limbs.
Depending on the findings during your assessment, treatment may include manual therapy and massage, exercises, orthotics and advice on appropriate footwear and your training regime.
It is important that the reason for your Achilles tendinopathy is established so that it can be treated effectively and prevented from becoming a chronic condition. It is helpful if you bring in your shoes and sports footwear with you to your first appointment.