Achillies Injury

The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. The main function of the Achilles tendon is to attach the calf muscles to the heel, and therefore assists in moving the foot from the ankle joint.

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Achillies Injury

Pain located at the heel bone and partial tears take longer to heal than midpoint Achilles Tendinopathies. An Ultrasound scan may be necessary to assess the extent and direct management of the injury.

Some symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the Achilles tendon, particularly in the morning.
  • Swelling and heat at the heel or Achilles tendon (the tendon can appear to have thickened or become ‘lumpy’).
  • Difficulty raising heel off the ground during walking or running.

Achillies Injury

With sudden increases in activity or general overuse, the Achilles is put under greater strain which can cause a Tendinopathy (tendon failure). This can occur at the Achilles insertion (back of the heel), at the middle portion (midpoint) and at the junction between the tendon and muscle.

Treatment and management options

We recomment seeking help from a Physiotherapist or Podiatrist who will diagnose the type of Achilles Tendinopathy you may have and outline a strengthening and stretching program to improve the healing rate. Also rest from aggravating activity and manage the pain – ice and offload the tendon using a heel raise and supportive shoes. If you are unsure about the type of shoe you should be using, seek advice from a Podiatrist.

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