If you’ve been doing a lot of sport recently and have noticed a twinge in or around your heel, it’s possible that you’ve given yourself Achilles tendonitis, especially if you’ve been doing lots of running or jumping in order to keep fit.
Achilles tendonitis – referring to inflammation of the covering of the Achilles tendon or the tendon itself – is an overuse injury that is typically the result of gradual wear and tear on this part of the body, although old age can also cause problems in this regard as well.
Common causes include flat feet, changes in training surfaces, over training, high arches in your feet, tight hamstrings, wearing high heels a lot, running and not wearing the most appropriate footwear.
Symptoms to look out for include pain, stiffness and loss of strength, swelling around the heel and/or a crunchy sound when the tendon is in use.
If you are diagnosed as having Achilles tendonitis, a Walton on Thames physiotherapy expert will be able to help you. The initial treatment will be rest, ice, compression and elevation in order to bring the swelling down. Depending on the severity of the case, your qualified physiotherapist will be able to recommend a variety of different exercises to ensure that you stop walking with a limp and can regain your full range of motion.
You and he will then work together to build your strength back up. If your feet are flat, you may need to have a shoe insert fitted to help stabilise the posture of your feet. If you’re worried about your Achilles tendon, call us today to find out more about how we can help.