Achilles Tendonitis describes strain, inflammation or repetitive trauma to the Achilles tendon. Running or fast explosive sports like netball, squash, basketball and sprinting can cause this injury. If left untreated the tendon can degenerate further due to repetitive micro trauma and is called Achilles Tendonosis. This is where scar tissue is formed and the condition becomes chronic. Pain is often experienced above where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. Your Podiatrist will have various treatment options including strapping, rest, ice, compression, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, heel lifts, and orthotics. Nearly all Achilles problems occurs when the foot hits the ground in the normal gait. This is the point of highest biomechanical stress. Our Podiatrists will design an orthotic to improve your biomechanics for better heel strike, mid-stance and toe off phases of your gait.
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