What Are Achilles?
The achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle group to the foot, and is a common location of injuries in active individuals. Achilles tendinopathy is usually caused by a rapid increase in activity, or excessive compression of the tendon caused either by something internally (another tissue) or externally (tight heel on shoe).
Common Symptoms Of Achilles Injuries?
- Pain in the back of the leg or heel
- Stiffness in the tendon
- Swelling at the back of the ankle
- Tenderness when touching the tendon
Physiotherapy treatment for an achilles tendinopathy will involve heavy loading of the tendon in order to improve the strength and quality of the tendon. This will likely include exercises that can be used to relieve the symptoms associated with a painful tendon.
Achilles Injury Treatment
- Relief of pain through massage, isometric exercises, anti-inflammatories and ice as recommended by your physiotherapist
- Achieve full range of motion measured through knee to wall
- Increase calf strength to decrease pain and allow a return to activity
Before returning to sport, you will be guided through your exercises from isometric, to eccentric and then finally to concentric contractions. Once your pain is well managed and strength has returned, the next progression is to focus on high impact exercises through jumping and landing.