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Achilles Tendon Physiotherapy

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Our Achilles tendon attaches three muscles called the plantaris, gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles to our calcaneal bone which is a bone of our heel.

It is the tendon of two muscles of the calf (lower leg), which are the

  1. soleus
  2. gastrocnemius

Our Achilles tendon runs behind our ankles. It is the strongest, thickest and most durable tendon in our entire body, and it's about 15 cm long (roughly 6 inches). It begins near the center of the calf muscle, and attaches to the muscles all the way near its distal insertion point (that's specificly what that makes it so strong).

How strong is it? Extremely. Just one Achilles tendon can carry up to 400% the human weight when walking, and up to 800% when running.

Our Achilles tendon can get injured and damaged, like any other structures in our bodies. However, when it's injured, it's typically NOT operated on. Usually doctors rely on:

  • aids
  • equipment
  • orthotics

to correct any mis/mal-alignments. Doctors tend to try to avoid prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs as they may contribute to Achilles tendon tendinopathy.

We are often referred patients with achilles tendon injuries for physiotherapy interventions, for calf stretching and strengthening. If necessary, the physiotherapist or the referring doctor may request for a custom-made splint ankle-foot-orthosis (AFO) to be fabricated by the hand therapist or occupational therapist to correct alignment, provide passive stretch and even protect the tendon during transportation/mobility.

If the tendon is totally ruptured, surgery is not an option, but it a requirement to operate to surgically re-attach the torn tendon back together to encourage best healing possible. Patients who have had Achilles tendon repair will very likely require ankle-foot-orthosis or casting to protect the injury. Depending on the damage received, recovery to injury can take 10 - 18 months to recovery, as well as physiotherapy during this time to:

  • ensure full range of joints of the knee, foot and toes
  • ensure muscle strength is tip-top
  • ensure walking pattern is normal
  • ensure balance is normal
  • ensure return to life, work and normal responsibilities

with a combination of ultrasound therapy, stretching and mobilization, strengthening (when ready), stability training, manual therapy and more.

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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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