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  • Achilles Tendinopathy 15 November 2019 | View comments

  • Let’s take a look at achilles tendinopathy.

     

    Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury caused by repetitive energy storage and release with excessive compression. This can lead to a sudden injury, or in the worst case, can cause a rupture of the Achilles tendon. In both cases, a lack of flexibility or a stiff Achilles tendon can increase the risk of these injuries.

    Morning pain is a hallmark symptom because the achilles tendon must tolerate full range of movement including stretch immediately after getting up in the morning. Symptoms are typically localized to the tendon and the immediate surrounding area. Swelling and pain are less common. The tendon can appear to have subtle changes in outline, and can have noticeable thickening. Men older than 30, and people with suboptimal ankle biomechanics (such as previous ankle injury, over-pronation or over-supination, poor choice of footwear) are particularly prone to this injury.

    The POLICE protocol for tissue healing should be applied; with ice massage and the optimisation of the tissue load (rest, massage, gradual strengthening) being particularly useful forms of treatment for these conditions; whilst more severe or chronic cases may require steroid injections or even surgery.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankle-achilles-shin-pain/achilles-tendonitis

    www.physioadvisor.com.au/injuries/achilles-heel/achilles-tendonitis

    The angles of the ankle

    Ice Massage of the Achilles Tendon

    Kinesiology taping of the Achilles Tendon

    At Back In Action we also offer free chats. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your no obligation free chat.

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