What is Achilles Tendinitis and can Physio help?
One of the most common body overuse injuries is an Achilles tendinitis/tendinopathy/tendinosis. This type of injury occurs when the strength and load capacity of the tendon is not great enough to tolerate the amount of work that it is doing. As a result, the structure of the tendon begins to change, growing more blood vessels and nerves into the area, weakening the calf and making it more prone to injury. This process is usually accompanied by significant pain and can lead to the tendon becoming quite swollen. These injuries benefit from a physiotherapy program that aims to modify the load being placed on the tendon, by taping and footwear modification, as well as to build up tendon strength and load capacity with a specific exercise program.