Achilles Tendinopathy is characterized by pain and swelling behind the ankle and lower leg caused by inflammation of the tendon itself. It occurs most frequently after a sudden increase in your level of activity without adequate training or conditioning. Changing footwear, occupation, work or playing surfaces can also lead to inflammation and pain through the Achilles area.
Main contributing factors of achilles tendinopathy:
- Recent changes to; activity, footwear, training duration or occupation
- Tight gastrocnemius and/or soleus muscles (calves)
- Overuse of the calf muscles
Podiatric treatment of achilles tendinopathy can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include exercises, changes in footwear, padding, strapping and physical therapies. If your lower limb biomechanics are thought to be contributory your podiatrist may recommend orthotics.