What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which is found at the back of the ankle. It is the largest tendon in the body, but also the weakest and most prone to injury.
Typical symptoms include aching calf muscles and swelling or tightness in the Achilles tendon.
Achilles Tendonitis is an overuse injury and often occurs in middle-aged, athletic people.
The most common cause is over-pronation, which happens when the arch collapses upon weight bearing during the walking process, thus adding additional stress on the Achilles tendon.
Other factors that can lead to Achilles Tendonitis include; wearing non-supportive and inappropriate footwear, inadequate stretching before sporting activity, a short Achilles tendon, direct trauma and heel bone deformity.
Treatment and Prevention with Foot Solutions
If you are suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, the highly-trained consultants at Foot Solutions, Richmond can help. Make an appointment for a free, no-obligation foot assessment and gait analysis and our qualified staff will advise on the most relevant orthotics and footwear to minimise your pain.
Remember, Achilles Tendonitis pain can worsen if left untreated, so seek help as soon as possible. Proven, effective treatments include:
- Supportive footwear worn in conjunction with orthotics/arch supports to prevent over-pronation
- Thorough (but not excessive) stretching before exercise, particularly running. Light calf stretches are recommended
- Decreasing the distance of walks/runs
- Applying ice after exercise.
- Using a heel cup or heel cradle to elevate the heel and reduce stress and pressure on the Achilles tendon. The device should be made with lightweight, shock absorbing materials.