So, what is Achilles Tendonitis? Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the thick band of tissue that connects the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone.
Achilles tendonitis commonly occurs in those who have made sudden changes to their exercise routines or daily activities, causing a change in the strain placed on the muscle. Those who suffer with this condition will experience pain and/or discomfort in the back of the heel and the bottom of the calf. If left untreated this condition can become more chronic and harder to treat.
So, what can you expect from treatment?
- Postural assessment to check for any postural causes.
- Massage of the Gastrocnemius (calf) and Achilles Tendon alongside general lower limb treatment.
- Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques to help gain range of motion in the tendon.
- Dry Needling
- Shockwave Therapy
- Exercise and Rehabilitation Prescription. This will likely include a loading programme to help build strength in the Achilles Tendon as well as any stretches to regain normal range of movement.
If you feel that this is something you are suffering with then please get in touch.