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Treatment - Achilles Tendon Problems

Treatment - Achilles Tendon Problems

The Achilles tendon is fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg: the calf muscles.

Leg muscles are the most powerful muscle group in the body and the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. Contracting the calf muscles pulls the Achilles tendon, which pushes the foot downward.

This contraction enables: standing on the toes, walking, running, and jumping.

Each Achilles tendon is subject to a persons entire body weight with each step. Depending upon speed, stride, terrain and additional weight being carried or pushed, each Achilles tendon may be subject to up to 3-12 times a persons body weight during a sprint or push off.

Therefore it is unsurprising that the Achilles tendon can be prone to tears, strains and tendonitis (now known as tendinopathy or tendonosis).

It is relatively common in athletes who have changed their training regime, middle aged gentleman still active in sport, and in middle aged women.

MyPhysio can help in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition using stretches, insoles and exercise rehabilitation. We also offer gait analysis to help correct any biomechanical issues that may be contributing to the condition.