Unravelling Achilles tendinopathy: understanding your heels

A quick rundown

The Achilles tendon is vital for walking and running, but with too much of either, it can face stress and injury. Responsible for the contraction of our calf, and therefore the generation of force in our gait, those with Achilles tendinopathy can’t ignore it forever!

Spotting the signs

Recognising Achilles tendinopathy early can make a significant difference in recovery. Symptoms like heel pain, stiffness, and swelling can be telltale early signs of Achilles Tendinopathy. You might also notice pain or difficulty doing certain activities such as walking, running, or going up or down stairs. 

Taking steps to recovery

Achilles tendinopathy can usually be treated without the need for surgery with a combination of osteopathic treatment, at-home exercises, and lifestyle modifications. Every practitioner treats differently, but generally speaking, at Mckinnon Osteopathy, we may use a combination of manual therapy, dry needling, gentle mobilisations, and exercise prescription to get you back to full form. 

Prevention is key

There are two influential factors which can be controlled to reduce your risk of Achilles tendinopathy. The first is your activity load – are you walking or running more than usual lately? Pushing harder and harder to do your first marathon in a few weeks? The second is your footwear – the shoes you wear play a huge part in your Achilles health. Take a look at our blog post on footwear here

Blog by Lachlan Fuller at McKinnon Osteopathy.

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