What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The tendon is the largest tendon in the body, it’s a thick cord-like structure that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is designed to withstand immense forces that occur during walking and especially running.
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis
When these forces are too large, injury to the tendon occurs and a condition called Achilles Tendonitis, an inflammatory condition of the Achilles tendon results. This is commonly seen in running and jumping sports and it tends to be one of the most common injuries in athletes. It may be also caused by poorly fitting footwear or even rheumatoid arthritis, or problems with foot biomechanics.
Treatment for Achillies Tendonitis
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis is varied, and should begin with elimination of activities that cause the pain such as hill running, and sprinting. Manual therapy such as osteopathy to loosen the calf muscles can be very effective. Other approaches to treatment include prescription orthotics, exercise advice and hydrotherapy. If all conservative approaches do not rectify the problem, then surgery may be considered.