Diagnoses: Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury to the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel.
Symptoms: Symptoms typically begin as a mild ache in the back of the leg or heel after participating in sporting activities or running. More severe pain is usually noted following prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting. Morning pain and stiffness might also be present.
Causes: Achilles tendonitis typically results from an overuse injury or repetitive strain of the Achilles tendon. Injury to this tendon can result when walking, running, jumping, or other exercises that require pushing off with the toes. Risk of injury also increases with age and when the intensity of the activity performed is not done so on a regular basis.
Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Treatment might include:
- Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
- Stretching exercises
- Lower extremity strengthening exercises
- Manual mobilizations
- Soft tissue mobilizations
- Task specific performance analysis