Achilles Tendinopathy
Achillies Tendinopathy
Description
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy (often referred to as “tendinitis”)
refers to an injury (micro tears) to the tendon due to excessive stress and/tension. Injury typically results from faulty foot mechanics, overuse and/or insufficient flexibility in the calf muscle groups.
Symptoms
  • Constant or intermittent pain exacerbated by activity
  • Pain characteristically subsides after the warm up and returns again post-activity.
Pedorthic Management
  • Custom orthotics or over-the-counter insoles to maintain proper alignment of the bones in the feet and control over-pronation.
  • Supportive footwear that are torsionally stable (can’t be folded or twisted easily) and provide adequate shock absorption.
  • Heel lifts to reduce stretch required of the calf muscles, which in turn will reduce tension on the tendon.
Other Treatments
  • Physical therapy modalities include icing, massage and stretching programs targeting the calf muscles.