Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy

Symptoms

  • Painful Achilles tendon and surrounding area
  • Morning pain
  • Pain may be with walking, running, stairs

Mechanism of injury

Overloading of the achilles tendon beyond it’s physiological limit either through repetitive contractions or an acute trauma can lead to injury. This may occur during walking, running or jumping activities.

Inadequate rest and time for recovery may lead to persistent symptoms.

Predisposing factors include overpronation of the foot.

Further information

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. It is a viscoelastic tissue, which attaches the calf muscle (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the back of the foot (the calcaneus).

A “tendon continuum” model describes three stages of tendonopathies. Rehabilitation can help to transition the health of the tendon through the stages back to a healthy tendon.

Rehabilitation

Research supports the use of retraining loading of the tendon under guidance of a physiotherapist. This may include eccentric and concentric exercises, which are different forms of contractions that can stimulate repair in the tendon.

Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy:

  • Rehabilitative loading
  • Manual Therapy
  • Taping
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture

Book an assessment

Email: alo@alo-physiotherapy.co.uk

Call: 020 7636 8845

Resources:

YouTube video:The tendon continuum

Web Link: Achilles tendon research summaries