The Achilles tendon is the thick tendon behind your ankle. It attaches to the calf muscles which are responsible for ankle movement. The Achilles can become injured for a number of reasons and a number of areas. The insertion, the tendon sheath and the tendon itself can become injured through;
• poor foot posture (commonly excessive pronation or supination)
• muscle weakness
• overuse of the tendon
• tight calf muscles
It is important to get the correct diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible as Achilles injuries are known to linger and degenerate if unattended.
If you are suffering from an Achilles injury, a Coburg Podiatry assessment will provide a diagnosis of the causes and a treatment plan to treat those specific causes. Treatment can include orthotic therapy, footwear changes and strength and conditioning exercises.