Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles Tendon is the cause of many a sore leg. We have had a noticeable amount of these injuries so far this year at Footpoint Podiatry. Today we want to give you a bit more insight into this category of injury.

This tendon is a large band that runs down the back of the lower leg and attaches to the back of the heel. Injuries to the tendon are very common and are often the result of tight calves. Other contributing factors include the shoes you wear, the surfaces you walk on, the sports you play or activities you do.

To diagnose an Achilles Tendon injury we need to perform a biomechanical assessment of your feet and legs. This includes checking your range of motion and your gait, how you walk. At Footpoint Podiatry we use the latest technology in treadmill, pressure plate and video analysis for our assessments. We also use 3D scanning to create a 3D model of your foot! In some cases we may need to send you for an ultrasound.

Treating Achilles Tendon injuries can involve many components and therapies. After your consultation with the Footpoint Podiatry Team, where we perform your necessary assessments, we discuss your specific treatment plan. Often you will be guided on correct footwear, and where required padding and / or strapping as well as other devices (lifts / inserts and orthotics). Exercise prescription is often another key component. The Footpoint Podiatry Team can also offer further services such as dry needling and mobilisation.

As your pain starts to decrease, we will guide you back to your favourite activities and a more comfortable daily life.

If you think you are suffering pain in the area outlined by our picture below, whether it be daily or intermittently, call Footpoint Podiatry and speak with the team today.