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.  


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:

  1. Age: As people age, the tendon becomes less flexible and more susceptible to injury.
  2. Gender: Men are more likely to develop Achilles tendonitis than women.
  3. Sports: Activities that involve repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon, such as running and jumping, increase the risk.
  4. Foot structure: Having flat feet, high arches, or tight calf muscles can increase stress on the Achilles tendon.
  5. Footwear: Wearing inappropriate or poorly-fitted shoes can contribute to the development of Achilles tendonitis.
  6. 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. 

Our online physiotherapy appointments are conducted via end-to-end encrypted video calls, similar to facetime or zoom. Through this call the physiotherapists will ask you questions about your pain, how it affects you throughout the day, and what movements you struggle with. They will also guide you through a series of exercises to test your mobility and strength.

After this comprehensive analysis, the physiotherapist will provide information on your injury (likely diagnosis) including education on how to best manage this injury. They will also provide rehab exercises to provide symptom relief and long term improvements.

This includes an individualized exercise program. Exercise programs are essential to long term relief and treating underlying conditions that will prevent recurrences of injuries.

Our aim is to make completing your exercise program as easy as possible. Upon commencement of your first appointment, you will be sent access to an app that will show your individual exercise program, allowing you to track completion of exercises and notes on each exercise. You can also use this app to send messages to your physiotherapist. Meaning you can get answers to questions as they occur.

Unlike traditional physiotherapy where you see a therapist a few times a week, you will have one formal session per week over video call. This session is a time for the physiotherapist to assess your injury progress, and work with you to increase the difficulty of your exercises. In-between sessions, you can message your physiotherapist and ask any questions that come up.

For many conditions, especially those where building strength and increasing mobility is a major factor for recovery, online physiotherapy can be just as effective as traditional physiotherapy.

If you love evidence and want to read up on the effectiveness of telehealth, there are a number of articles on this topic found here.

We always want to ensure that you are getting the treatment that you need. This is why we require a phone call with a physiotherapist to book your appointment. This allows us to know if your condition is right for online physiotherapy.

During this phone call, we will take payment over the phone and will book your initial appointment.

Since April 2021, private health insurance will provide rebates for online appointments. Please contact your insurer if you would like to take advantage of this.

High-quality internet and a device with a camera are both required for online appointments. You can use your laptop, tablet or mobile device.

We do recommend starting sessions with the device on a stable surface facing you to discuss your injury with the physiotherapist. You will also need a space where you can set the device 2 meters away, with room to move. This way, the physiotherapist can guide you through a series of exercises to assess your range of movement and strength.

Set up can be as simple as the tablet propped up against a box or on your table, in your living room. Just ensure the box/table is far enough away to capture most of your movements on the screen.

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