Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It allows the extension of your foot in a downward motion as you walk, but if overused the tendon is prone to become inflamed. This inflammation is commonly seen in our clinic, and is referred to as Achilles tendonitis.

What you need to know about Achilles Tendonitis

There are two types of Achilles tendonitis:

  • Non-insertional (the middle portion of the tendon)
  • Insertional (the lower portion of the tendon, at the heel bone).

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?

The most common cause for Achilles tendonitis that we see is due to overuse and repetition. Runners, dancers, and athletes who do a lot of stop start exercise or jumping, put a lot of strain on the Achilles tendon.

The following symptoms may indicate that you have developed the condition;

  • Pain anywhere along the tendon, often on or close to the heel
  • Swelling of the skin over the tendon
  • Pain on rising up and pushing off on the toes
  • Severe pain after exercising
  • Painful heel in the morning
  • Stiff ankle

Treatment for Achilles tendonitis

Our experienced Podiatrists will create a rehabilitation program specific to you. This may involve the following:

  • Moon boot to immobilise your foot
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Shockwave Therapy 
  • Dry Needling
  • Exercises program
  • Orthotics 

Achilles tendonitis is a debilitating injury, but there are ways to help prevent it. Some ways to prevent this include strengthening exercises, warm up and stretch before exercise, never rapidly increase exercise, don’t exercise if you experience pain over the tendon and wear properly fitted running shoes.

If you have any questions regarding Achilles tendonitis or any therapies our clinic offers to treat this condition, feel free to contact our experienced staff on (03) 9383 6633 or book online.

Contact Us Today

If you have any questions regarding Achilles tendonitis, make an appointment with Moreland Podiatry to discuss your options. Contact our friendly and expert staff on (03) 9383 6633 or book online.

412 Moreland Road
Brunswick West VIC 3055
Phone: 9383 6633
Fax: 9383 6640

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