What is Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue which runs from the back of the lower leg and inserts at the calcaneal (heel) bone.
Symptoms of AT include pain, stiffness and swelling at the back of the heel.
– pain after exercise
– tenderness/stiffness in the morning or after a period of rest which improves with activity
– swelling/inflammation at the back of the ankle
AT occurs most commonly in those who participate in sports involving running or jumping but other factors which can affect it include:
– Gender: more common in males
– Age: risk becomes greater as we get older
– Biomechanics: flat foot type puts more strain on the tendon, tight or weak calf muscles
– Environment: running on uneven ground, unsupportive or worn out shoes or sudden increase in training
– NSAIDs, Rest, Icing
– Supportive footwear
– Stretching and strengthening program
– Orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist
By: Marie O’Connor
Podiatrist, BSc (Hons)