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My Achilles hurts

September 8, 2015

Achilles tendinopathy occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes aggravated due to repetitive stress and overuse. The Achilles tendon is attached to your calf muscle (gastrocnemius and soleus) and is responsible for helping you walk, run, and jump.  Again, achilles tendinopahty is not related to one specific event, but from repetitive overuse.

Those with the highest risk for developing Achilles tendinopathy are active and athletic individuals, but that does not mean individuals who are not active do not develop this condition. Typically the mean age for those who develop Achilles tendinopathy are between the ages of 30-50 years old and males have a much higher incidence then women. Risk factors for developing Achilles tendinopathy include training errors, such as increasing training mileage or intensity to quickly and returning to exercise after an extended break, and tight calf muscles.

This is the Achilles tendon where many people consider problems and feel teh pain.
This is the Achilles tendon where many people consider problems and feel teh pain.

Signs and symptoms

Typically, this condition presents as a gradual onset and worsens with continued use. Common symptoms include:

Physical Therapy

The overall prognosis for Achilles tendinopathy is good, but it may take several weeks to months to resolve depending on the level of severity.  Physical therapy is one of the most effective options to address this condition and help you return to the activities you love.  Based on your physical exam, the physical therapist will take an impairment based approach to your treatment.  In physical therapy, we will utilize the following treatment options:

If you are experiencing what you believe to be Achilles tendinopathy, call Total Performance Physical Therapy today to make an appointment with one of our therapist!