Sore Achilles tendon: not just in athletes?

Is your Achilles tendon sore in the mornings or after going for a walk? Is there a bump on it that rubs when you wear certain shoes? Your Achilles tendon is one of the most important, and one of the most overworked, tendons in your entire body. It plays a huge role in every step you take and when injured it can make simple things like walking a painful task.

Your Achilles tendon is the attachment point for your two calf muscles, your gastrocnemius and soleus, into the back of your heel. Together their role is to point your toes, a crucial part of how you propel yourself forward when walking. When injured the tendon, and even the heel bone, can become very tender to touch. The ankle can often feel quite stiff and stretching it is painful as well. 

There are a number of ways to treat Achilles tendinopathy. Muscle release, strapping and dry needling can be helpful to bring down the inflammation, especially when it is severe. Biomechanical correction through shoes and orthotics, and exercises are helpful long-term to strengthen the tendon and reduce the future risk of injury. 

Call our reception at (07) 3823 5423 to see one of podiatrists and together we’ll develop a treatment plan to work best for you.