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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

It is a common overuse injury as a result of excessively loading the Achilles tendon. When the capacity of the tendon is exceeded repetitively every time it is used, it leads to the development of tendinopathy, commonly presenting as pain and stiffness.

How common is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy can affect anyone. It is, however, common in people who engage in activities that involve running and jumping.

How do I know I have Achilles tendinopathy?

  • You will experience ankle pain and stiffness on getting up from bed in the morning.

  • When your Achilles tendon is gently squeezed, it will feel tender and sore.

  • You can still exercise through the pain, however, when resting after exercise, the pain may become increased.

  • You will experience pain on walking after sitting for a long time.

How do I treat Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles Tendinopathy is linked to several factors:

  • Calf muscle tightness

  • Calf muscle weakness

  • Abnormal foot structure

  • Abnormal foot biomechanics

  • Improper footwear

  • A change in an exercise routine or sport activity

  • Obesity

Identifying the factors causing your pain, stiffness and movement dysfunction is key to an adequate treatment plan and means. A physiotherapist can help you identify which factors are causing yours, as well as, develop a specific treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and improves your function.

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