Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis 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 of 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. 

Treatment

Treatment usually involves a combination of:

  • Stretching

  • Strengthening

  • Footwear modification

  • Orthotics (address foot mechanics/decrease pull of Achilles at attachment to the calcaneus - heel bone) 

  • Dry Needling (relax calves to decrease forces at attachment of achilles)

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