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Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a condition where the Achilles tendon, located at the back of your ankle, undergoes changes that cause pain and discomfort. This often happens due to repetitive strain and too much stress on the tendon, and it can affect both athletes and non-athletes. Sometimes, it might be linked to an old tear in the Achilles tendon, but not always. Having a less flexible, stiff or weak Achilles tendon makes you more likely to experience these kinds of injuries.

Symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Heel Pain: You may feel a persistent ache or sharp pain in your heel. This discomfort tends to intensify after physical activity or when you put weight on it.​ It may improve after activity but may come back afterwards.

  • Tendon Stiffness: Your Achilles tendon may feel stiff, especially in the morning or after a period of rest.

  • Swelling: There might be swelling at the back of your ankle, adding to the discomfort.

  • Tenderness: The affected area becomes tender, and you may feel pain when you touch the Achilles tendon.

  • Creaking Sensation: Some people may notice a grating noise or a creaking feeling (crepitus) when they move their ankle, indicating changes in the tendon.

Treatment

It is important to note that a holistic package of care is needed to effectively treat an Achilles Tendinopathy. Your expert Physiotherapist will work closely with you to achieve the following below.

1

Building Up Strength

and Function

2

Reducing Your Load

3

Manual Therapy For

Symptom Management

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4

SMART Goal Setting With a Specific Plan In Place

5

Regular contact/support

from your professional

6

Prevention Plan Upon

Full Recovery

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