How to manage a painful Achilles tendon

Whether you’re running and cycling, or even just standing and walking, your Achilles tendon is constantly placed under high amounts of stress. Inflammation and pain in this tendon ( above the back of the heel) is commonly experienced by many Australians and it presents as a dull ache that is worse in the mornings plus after activity. But why does this injury occur here, and not in the heel bone or calf muscles?

Tendons are well known for getting limited blood flow compared to the rest of the body. Combine that with their relative lack of elasticity and they are very prone to injury.

Managing Achilles pain consists of rest initially, with ice and medication to manage inflammation. This is followed by stretching and strengthening to improve the tendon health. This is supplemented by supporting the feet with strong footwear and orthotics as well.

If you’re having problems with Achilles pain call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists.