The Achilles tendon is prone to injury following repetition of high loads and overuse. This causes inflammation which can lead to pain and swelling. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes and is often caused by lack of flexibility and over pronation of the foot. Recent changes in footwear and changes to exercise regimes are other factors associated with Achilles tendonitis.
The main complaint of patients with Achilles tendonitis is pain behind the heel. Most patients tend to experience pain after periods of inactivity, therefore tend to experience pain first thing in the morning when taking first steps and after long periods of sitting. Patients often complain of pain when running or jumping.
Achilles tendonitis is treated according to presentation. Physiotherapeutic treatments include range of movement exercises, stretching/strengthening programmes and electrical therapy such as Shockwave Therapy.
Radial Shockwave Therapy is not readily available in many places in the UK but at here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy we use on all tendon injuries as it is so effective. Shockwave works by passing electro-pneumatic mechanical soundwaves from a handheld device into the Achilles. This very slightly disrupts the tendon fibres and stimulates the release of both painkilling and healing chemicals down to affected area, accelerating the healing process. We normally recommend weekly treatments for Achilles tendon injuries, however these are normally spaced out as the injury improves. If you have pain in the Achilles tendon, give us a call on 01279414959 to book an appointment.