Achilles tendonitis is pain and inflammation over the Achilles tendon. It is commonly seen in running and jumping sports.
Excessive pronation (rolling in) of the feet leading to an increase in the load applied to the gastrocnemius-soleus complex (the two muscles that combine to form the Achilles tendon) required to push off when walking/running.
Poor muscle flexibility
Poor or worn out footwear.
Over-training or unaccustomed use – “too much too soon”
Sudden change in training surface – e.g. grass to bitumen
Pain behind the heel in an area 2-6cm above where the tendon attaches to the heel.
Achilles tendons will often have a painful and prominent lump within the tendon.
Patients with Achilles tendonitis usually experience the most significant pain after periods of inactivity
Patients will also experience pain while participating in activities, such as when running or jumping
Rest, ice, and reduced training
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Biomechanical correction and prescription of foot orthoses to reduce excessive pronation.
Good supportive footwear
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