Achilles Tendon Injury

Foot problems and foot injuries can occur throughout your life.

The Achilles tendon is a firm band which links your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel (calcaneus). Together all three muscles are known as the triceps surea and generate the power required to move forward during walking and running. A good diagnosis of calf pain separates this injury from Achilles bursitis, Haglund’s disease or Achilles Tedinopathy (tendinosis, peritendinitis and partial tears).

The mechanism of achilles tendon injury varies greatly but is often associated with ill-fitting shoes or old worn shoes which create an unstable platform which means the Achilles has to:

  • Work harder to support and compensate for foot movement
  • Twist and coil itself due to the uneven surface which weakens its function.
  • Twisting and suddenly accelerating during sport may also result in Achilles injuries which can again be due to poor fitting sport shoes like rugby boots, tennis shoes or especially running shoes

How can The Podiatrist help you?

  • We can correctly diagnose your injury
  • We can reduce the amount of force that goes through the Achilles tendon by using orthotics to facilitate the muscles to function properly in order to allow rehabilitation.
  • We assess your shoes because your body is similar to a house. If your house is on an unstable foundation, it would fall apart, so does your body. This again allows for the appropriate rehabilitation and can also help prevent the injury from reoccurring in the future
  • We educate you on what you can do to get better and prevent the injury from developing further

Who do we work with: The recovery of Achilles injuries can be greatly helped by physiotherapists and by prescribing the proper treatment program such as eccentric calf raises.

Primary or secondary injuries that can be linked with Achilles injuries include:

  • Shin splints (Posterior tibial stress syndrome)
  • Plantar heel pain syndrome (heel pain)
  • Patellofemoral pain (knee)
  • Leg length discrepancy (one leg longer than the other)

It is important to seek advice and effective treatment early. This will enable you to return to your normal activities faster and prevent further complications.