Do you suffer from a painful Achilles? Do you have stiffness, burning, tenderness or swelling of the area above your heel? You may notice it when you stretch your ankle or stand on your toes.
Don’t under estimate Achilles pain! It is an area that can cause severe debilitation.
The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone (calcaneus). It acts like a spring, which essentially provides for both elasticity and shock-absorbance. It is also the largest and strongest tendon in the human body, which moves the ankle joint.
Generally speaking the most common issues we see in the Achilles are due to repetitive stress/overuse of the structure. There is a very specific treatment regime, which aids in the healing process that we can help you with.
Injuries to this structure may also be of a more acute nature i.e. a tear of the tendon. This may be resultant of an extreme force to the tendon. Whether that is a side step in rugby, or landing awkwardly in netball!
It is not only in adults we see pain in this area but also in pediatrics (kids). A condition called Calcaneal Apophysitis (more commonly known as Sever’s disease) is also linked to the Achilles tendon.
Our PODIATRISTS will;
- Give you a diagnosis and likely cause
- design a specific rehabilitation program
- provide footwear advice and also look to use the latest evidence based adjunctive therapies where required.
- implement a prophylactic long-term treatment plan
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