An Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common forms of Achilles injuries. It can be quite debilitating, as it can impair the ability to walk comfortable. This injury can affect sports people, recreational exercisers and non-active people. The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the lower leg, it attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.
Achilles tendinopathy mainly occur due to repetitive movements, which place too much stress on the muscle and it’s tendon. Tendons have a very poor blood supply, this poor blood supply means tendons are slow to heal, leading to a poor quality repair by the body. The poor quality of repair leads to an area of weakness within the tenson which slowly deteriorates further with increased stress. Tendinopathies are characterised as having pain with movement that disappears after a few minutes, and a cracking feeling along the tendon and pain with stretching the muscle.
Our chartered physiotherapists will carry out a full assessment to determine the root source of the pain. They will then use a range of treatments including dry needling and manual techniques combined with strengthening exercises and stretches to ensure a swift return to function.