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Achilles Tendinitis (also known as achilles tendonitis)

Achilles tendonitis (or tendinitis) is a painful, overuse condition of the achilles tendon, and is a common situation amongst athletes who overtrain or train in landscapes/areas that aren't ideal.

Whenever any of our patients ask us how they sustained this injury in the first place, what we would often share is:

  • firstly, we need to understand tendons: they're very strong thick bands, but if you notice, they're whitish/pale in color, which means that they have a poor blood supply and rely on secondary nutrition to be nourished/healed by the tendon sheath.
  • secondly, tendons often cross-joints, means that wherever there is a joint, there is usually a tendon there that "holds the joint together yet at the same time, supports movement of the joint", which if stressed repeatedly, will start to have micro-tears

It is the micro-tears that cause the pains, inflammations and discomfort.

From this, we can understand why tendons, including our achilles tendons, are slow to heal, tend to be injured (and prone to reinjury).

Physiotherapy Treatment For Patients With Achilles Tendinitis

Main physiotherapy focus for patients with achilles tendinitis usually includes

  • pain management (decreasing the amount, frequency, intensity of pain experienced)
  • managing the inflammation and swelling through icing/cool therapy as well as elevation
  • introduction of structured exercises and rest time
  • passive and gentle active stretches to maintain muscle, joints and tendon suppleness/elasticity
  • gentle clinical massage therapy to loosen overcompensating muscles/joints as well as to encourage blood circulation and healing

We may also introduce therapy modalities such as ultrasound or shockwave to accelerate soft tissue healing, which is very useful for achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

Sometimes, the referring orthopedic surgeon or doctor will request that we create/custom-make a resting splint (for the foot, it's called Ankle Foot Orthosis, or AFO for short) to support the affected ankle to heal in the best position possible for the achilles tendon.

Patients are advised to be compliant with the gentle active exercises, and especially to rest and not to aggravate the achilles tendinitis for at least 1-2 weeks, and then we will slowly and gradually load the tendon with more and more active movement exercises.

how to prevent Achilles Tendinitis

Like any injuries, we believe prevention is 100% better than cure.

Some of the precautions to help prevent achilles tendonitis includes:

  • structuring scheduled rest
  • progressing exercises and activities gradually (in stages eg +5-10% intensity per week)
  • wear low-heeled shoes
  • seeing a physiotherapist before beginning any new exercises, and follow up regularly

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