The Achilles tendon is the main tendon around the back of the ankle that is involved in propulsion. Giving us the power to walk, jump and run. With different training loads, the tendon can be exposed to unusual forces resulting in a condition called Achilles tendinosis.
What is Achilles Tendinosis?
This is characterised not only by inflammation but also by tendon fibril trauma. Consequently, if this condition is left untreated, it can result in chronic pain and interruption of normal sporting and leisure activities.
How is it diagnosed?
Your physiotherapist will take a thorough history of your injury and your current symptoms. They will then take you through a staged physical assessment, focusing on progressive load on the calf and Achilles complex. Some assessments may also include palpation of the affected area.
How do I improve my Achilles pain?
The rehabilitation program involves a carefully structured program loading the tendon in a progressive way. The theory is to slowly thicken the tendon with new fibrils being laid down to help absorb the loads and reduce pain whilst improving function. This process can take up to 6 months to achieve, so patience is needed to stick to the program.
Seeing a Hoppers Crossing Physiotherapist
If you’re experiencing pain which you may suspect to be Achilles Tendinosis, book an appointment with the team at Hoppers Physio on (03) 9749 5110