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Achilles Tendonitis

Eon Digital Labs - Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Achilles Tendonopathy is also known as Achilles Tendonitis.  It is a condition involving pain and swelling of the Achilles tendon just above the heel in particular, but can also occur at the back of the heel.  Whilst it is not true inflammation of the tendon, there can be swelling and pain associated.  This can markedly limit a person's ability to walk, run, play sport and undertake daily activities.

Symptoms may include swelling of the tendon without very much pain, but the majority of people will have significant pain after physical activity or post-rest.  In mild cases the pain may occur after a bout of walking, running or even shopping.  The morning usually involves some stiffness, until the tendon frees up with activity and time.

There are a number of influencing factors to the development of Achilles Tendonopathy.  Age plays a big role and it is more common to see an Achilles Tendonopathy in people under the age of 30 years.  Increased or over-activity and stressing the tendon certainly contributes to the development.  Over training, running and jumping, particularly on hard surfaces or wearing poor footwear can be an issue.  Specifically a flat foot type, over-pronation or certain other bio mechanical factors play a common contributing cause.  Tight muscles also have an effect.

Treating an Achilles Tendonopathy can be complex, early diagnosis is important. Treating the swelling early with rest, ice and the use of specific anti-inflammatory measures  is also important.  Of most importance is assessing the function of the lower limb relative to the injury, particularly over-pronation or poor function. These problems can be addressed using orthotic devices.  Your podiatrist is the best person to see for early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of this injury.


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