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Achilles tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon is the tough, elastic cord at the back of the ankle that links the muscle to the bone. Regular use and activity of the tendon and surrounding muscles can cause wear and tear to the tendon over time. Tendonitis is a term often used to describe an inflamed and painful tendon.

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

You may have pain and swelling at the back of the ankle or heel. The pain may be minor but continuous, or it could be sudden and sharp. It may be worse first thing in the morning.  If you have sudden, sharp pain then you may have torn your tendon and it is important to seek help straight away.

Why does it happen?

It is often the result of a repetitive overuse or sporting injury. Excess loading of the achilles tendon occurs in running and jumping activities. Poor lower limb biomechanics and footwear may influence the loading stresses further and could be a contributing factor in recurrent achilles tendinitis pain.

Self-help measures for an Achilles Tendon injury

1)    apply an ice pack if you feel a lump (never put ice directly on your skin). Apply for 20 minutes 2-3 times daily.

2)    gently massage the area with your fingers for 1- 2 minutes provided this doesn't feel irritating to the injury, repeat 2-3 times daily.

3)   before you get out of bed bend and point your ankles 20 times (helps get blood flow to the region) 

What can The StoneHouse Clinic do for your Achilles Tendon injury?

If the self-help measures are not having any or a lasting effect, we can help the healing process so your return to pain-free activity is much quicker, and also advise you on a bespoke rehabilitation plan to help prevent the injury from re-occurring.  The treatment and advice will be completely bespoke and individual to your needs and what has caused the tendonitis.  Treatment may include:

- specific massage techniques 
- bespoke taping to support the tendon whilst it is healing
- mobilising the surrounding area to aid healing and prepare it for the rehab phase of treatment
- electrotherapy to aid healing of the tissues
- assessment of your foot mechanics and prescription of foot supports or orthotics if necessary with our in-house Podiatrist
- bespoke graded exercises if necessary, to help address any causative factors such as muscle weakness or biomechanics assymetry
- bespoke self-management advice and advice on measures that can be taken to try and prevent a repeat of the injury 
- if applicable, an individual graded plan to allow return to sport and activity 

If you are suffering with an achilles tendon injury and would like to book an appointment at The StoneHouse Clinic (located at Hartham Park, Corsham, Wiltshire near Chippenham and Bath) for Physiotherapy treatment then please find our contact details by clicking here



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