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Causes and Treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy

Causes and Treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy

29Jul

Achilles tendinopathy occurs through an overuse of the Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles at the back of leg to the heel. It is common among athletes and runners and often is a result of a sudden increase in training intensity. The experts at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic can help you avoid injury through proper preparation and assist in the event of you suffering an Achilles injury.

Causes

Some other contributing factors are associated with Achilles tendinopathy.

  • A bad training surface can accentuate the risk of injury.
  • Weak or tight calf muscles can be put under more strain when exercising, which can increase the possibility of injury.
  • A change in training footwear or inappropriate footwear can put strain in the Achilles tendon, with negative consequences.
  • Running on a hill or incline can contribute to¬†Achilles problems.
  • Overpronation or flattening of the arches when running can also have negative effects on the Achilles tendon, resulting in injury.
  • High heels can shorten the tendon and calf muscles if worn all the time. If you then change to flat running shoes for exercise, you may be placing the Achilles under pressure to stretch beyond normal.

Treatment

  • Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need some support for your leg. Your chartered physiotherapist will be able to advise on taping or strapping if needed.
  • Your physiotherapist will give you valuable advice on how best to protect your Achilles tendon while in heels.
  • During a course of physiotherapy, you may have different treatments, from massage to muscle stretches and varying exercises.
  • Through expert help, you will also be able to work on regaining normal movement and function while increasing strength.

It is important to maintain good habits when exercising. A visit to your physiotherapist can be beneficial in terms of proper preparation for sport or leisure activities. At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we will work with you in making sure that you are giving yourself the best start when exercising. If you have already experienced injury we will help you get back on your feet through expert treatment. We can also give you the tools to best avoid repeat injury.

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