WHAT IS IT?
The achilles tendon runs from the heel bone approximately 1/3 up the calf where it attaches to the calf muscles. As with all tendons it can become inflammed from overuse and/or when foot biomechanics place extra stress on it.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Firstly the chartered physiotherapist will perform a bio-mechanical assessment to determine predisposing factors. It is also helpful to examine footwear especially sports shoes. Treatment can then be prescribed appropriately. Biomechanics may need to be improved with shoe inserts or orthotics. Electrotherapy such as ultrasound and interferential can help ease pain and inflammation. An exercise program will then be prescribed to strenghten the tendon and stretch tight muscles in the legs.