How Podiatrists can help with treating Achilles Tendinopathy

Does the back of your heel cause you pain? Does your Achilles feel stiff or is there a nodule that has formed? Achilles tendinopathy is a degenerative or overuse injury that affects either the attachment or mid-portion of the Achilles tendon.

Achilles injuries can be caused by either extrinsic factors like over-training and poor footwear, or by intrinsic factors like tight calf muscles and excessively pronated feet. The condition often develops without specific trauma, instead being commonly attributed to sudden changes in activity level.

Podiatrists can help through a number of different means. Footwear and orthotics help to reduce the load on the tendon, allowing it to heal. Muscle loosening through both manual therapy and stretching programs also work to reduce tension in the tendon. Additionally Podiatrists can advise on strengthening protocols to build the tendon strength back up.

If you are dealing with a painful Achilles tendon call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see a Podiatrist.