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Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinitis?

It is an injury or inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

My heel hurts, what could it be?

It could be that you have injured your Achilles tendon. It is the tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone.

It is common in joggers, jumpers, runners and middle-aged people who play sports only on the weekends.

Should I see a Physiotherapist for my heel pain?

Heel pain is extremely common and with accurate assessment and early treatment, most heel pain respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy, allowing you resume back to pain-free normal activities quickly.

What are the common causes of Achilles tendonitis/tendinitis?

  • Over-training

  • Constantly wearing high heels

  • Flat feet

  • High foot arch with a tight Achilles tendon

  • Poorly supported footwear

  • Hill running

  • Overweight and obesity

  • Arthritis

  • Quinolone antibiotics in some instances

How do I know I have Achilles tendonitis/tendinitis?

You will experience:

  • Pain at the back of your heel. You may have more pain during the night or when you get up in the morning

  • Stiffness and loss of strength in your calf muscle

  • Difficulty walking as pain may get worse

  • Swelling, tenderness and warmth when you feel your Achilles tendon if inflammed

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