Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis

Definition

Painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon due to:

    • Inadequate strength of the (calf muscle) gastroc-soleus complex
    • Overuse of the gastroc-soleus complex
    • Degeneration of the tendon

Overview:

    • Diagnosed by tenderness of the tendon, either at the insertion on the calcaneus or anywhere along its course.
    • Heel needs to be elevated to decrease stress.

Treatment:

    • Slow gentle calf stretching
    • Elevation of the heels
    • Orthotic support