Achilles Tendonitis Treatment & Physiotherapy
We are proud to be leading Achilles physios in Syndey.
Achilles tendonitis presents itself as pain in the Achilles and heel region of the foot. We have physiotherapists with extensive experience in treating Achilles tendonitis. This injury is a result of excessive or incorrect tension and load being placed on the tendon repeatedly. This occurs due to biomechanical imbalances.
As Achilles physios in Sydney, we know that treating only the affected area (in this case, the achilles tendon), means the muscle and other issues are not fully addressed which will lead to recurring or even chronic problems and pain.
At Benchmark Physiotherapy, we use the latest technology to diagnose biomechanical imbalances. This combined with manual therapy and appropriate exercise treatments will ensure a full recovery. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our Achilles physios in Sydney. We have locations across Sydney in Earlwood, Revesby, Beverly Hills, Rosebery, and Rose Bay.
WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDONITIS?
Achilles tendonitis, also known as Achilles tendinopathy, is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the calcaneus (heel bone) in the lower leg. It plays a crucial role in walking, running, and jumping by transmitting the force generated by the calf muscles to the foot, allowing for plantar flexion (pointing the toes downward) and propelling the body forward.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed, irritated, or damaged due to excessive strain, repetitive use, or sudden increases in activity level. This leads to pain, stiffness, and sometimes swelling in the affected area. The condition is common among athletes, particularly runners, but can affect individuals of any age and activity level.
Risk factors for Achilles tendonitis include:
- Age: As people age, the tendon becomes less flexible and more susceptible to injury.
- Gender: Men are more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis than women.
- Sports: Activities that involve repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon, such as running and jumping, increase the risk.
- Foot structure: Having flat feet, high arches, or tight calf muscles can increase stress on the Achilles tendon.
- Footwear: Wearing inappropriate or poorly-fitted shoes can contribute to the development of Achilles tendonitis.
- Training errors: Sudden increases in training intensity, duration, or frequency can lead to injury.
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis typically includes rest, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help prevent the condition from recurring. In severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, more invasive procedures such as surgery may be considered.
If you need help with your achilles tendonitis, then contact one of our achilles physios in Sydney today.