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Achilles Tendon

Overview

Your Achilles Tendon is a piece of soft tissue which connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel bone. The tendon itself can become painful in one of two main ways:

Acute tear or rupture - You will feel this instantly

Chronic tendon overload - this will gradually increase over time

Contributing Factors

  • Poor calf muscle strength and endurance

  • Footwear not appropriate for type of activity or individual biomechanics

  • Rapid increase in training load

  • Regular overuse of speed or power training without adequate rest/recovery sessions

  • Ankle range of motion either associated with joint restriction or muscle and tendon tension

Symptoms & Pain Presentations

These injuries will present quite differently depending on your specific injury.

Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture or Strains

  • Sudden onset of pain when jumping, landing or sprinting

  • The injury might have felt like someone kicked you in the back of the leg

  • Acute swelling and bruising 

  • Depending on severity you may lose some or all ability to point your foot downward and push off the ground

Chronic Tendon Overload

  • Gradual onset of symptoms

  • Might have increased activity over the past couple of months, or modified something (e.g. terrain, footwear, intensity)

  • Morning stiffness when getting out bed or first few steps after prolonged sitting

  • Tendon warms up once you get moving 

Diagnosis of Injury

Movepod Podiatry can diagnose Achilles Tendon Injuries for you through discussion, gait analysis, strength and range of motion testing. We are able to provide you with a preliminary diagnosis on the day of your appointment along with a clear recovery timeline. For more severe Achilles Tendon injuries your Podiatrist will be able to refer you for medical imagining to confirm severity and necessary interventions. Both our Torquay Podiatry Clinic & Geelong Podiatry Clinic are set up with gait analysis tools to help assess any contributing factors to your specific injury.

Treatment & Prevention

As always, not only are we focused on getting you pain free, but ensuring you have all the tools available to avoid another injury in the future.

 

Managing both acute and chronic injuries involve a combination of the following:

  • Pain and injury education to ensure you fully understand your injury and healing timeframes

  • A thorough strength and mobility program which will begin with oversight and progress to self supported as you become more comfortable

  • Manual therapies involving massage, dry needling and joint mobilisation to assist with initial symptom management and pain modulation

  • Footwear modifications for initial offloading of injured areas whilst working on long term plan of creating and strong and resilient body

  • Planning around type, intensity, duration and frequency of activity to ensure best possible healing environment

  • Discussion of other aspects of healing including sleep, nutrition, stress etc.

New Patients

Initial Consultation (60 mins)

Torquay Podiatry Clinic

Geelong Podiatry Clinic