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Achilles Tendonitis is characterised by pain and swelling behind the heel, ankle or lower leg caused by inflammation of the tendon. 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.

Common Causes
  • Tight gastrocnemius and/or soleus muscles (calves)
  • Overuse of the calf muscles
Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis 
  • RICE – rest, ice, compression & elevation
  • Activity modification or reduction
  • Soft tissue massage & stretching exercise
  • If biomechanics is a contributory cause – orthotics may be considered
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs  (Nurofen etc)
What can you do?
  • Reduce or modify current activities
  • Gradually resume normal activity as symptoms resolve
  • Ice after training/ activity 15 minutes on, 2 hours off, 15 minutes on
  • Footwear assessment – you may be wearing the wrong shoes
  • Stretch your lower leg muscles – but not to the point that it causes pain
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