What is achilles tendonitis?
Technically achilles tendonitis refers to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon or its covering. Tissue damage and pain characterises this condition. The inflammation, however, is generally not the cause of your pain. The micro tears in the tendon are most often what causes the pain and technically this in know as tendinosis. Experts use the term achilles tendinopathy to include both inflammation and micro-tears. Many people may still use the term tendonitis out of habit.
What causes achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that is common especially in sporting activity. As the calf contracts the tendon is put under tension which can lead to damage. In athletes, this condition is commonly seen in running sports such as marathon, triathlon, football and athletics (jumping for example). Most tendon injuries are the result of gradual wear and tear to the tendon from overuse or ageing. Tendon injuries can occur to anyone however repetitive motions in lifestyle can increase the risk. Your lifestyle may include your regular daily activity, job or sporting activity.
How to treat achilles tendonitis
For those who suffer with this, the first steps are about pain management. This is followed by immediate resting of the tendon. Depending on the severity and lifestyle your therapist may recommend a number of treatments to help restore and rehabilitate, and finally return to normal activity with a focus on lowering the risk of recurrence. These treatment s include:
- Sports injury management
- Kinesiology taping
- Strength and Conditioning
- Podiatry (orthotics or shoe inserts maybe required)
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
Recent blogs on achilles
- What is the best treatment for Achilles Tendonitis – Jane Breen-Turner, with over 18 years as a Physiotherapist, shares her clinical expertise with us on treatment for Achilles Tendonitis………….. We are often given the diagnosis “Achilles Tendonitis” which suggests the tendon is inflamed. This has never been found to be the case – so what is meant by this term and what effects does this have on […]