Achilles Tendon Pain

 

Why do tendons cause pain?

Tendons transfer load from our muscles to bone. If we put too much load through a tendon and do this frequently then the amount of tissue breakdown starts to surpass the tissue synthesis. The structure of the tendon then starts to change and it can no longer deal with the load you put through it.

What are the symptoms of achilles Tendinopathy

Your Achilles pain comes on gradually after weightbearing activity such as walking or running. The pain can be worse in the morning and after rest. The tendon itself becomes tender if you squeeze it and it may feel thickened or swollen.

 

What is the treatment?

Physiotherapy is really important in managing your achilles pain. Unfortunately, they are slow to return to normal and You will need advice and assistance with how best to manage your symptoms. Basically, it will be a balance of managing the pain and loading the tendon appropriately.

The Science behind our understanding of Tendinopathy

 

  • We no longer talk about tendonitis because the inflammatory process is not the main process involved in tendon issues
  • Tendinopathy – is now the favoured term
  • This is because in classic inflammatory disease- infla