Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon at the back of the heel. Most common causes are often found to be over use of the tendon in a specific activity, or due to the intensity of a high impact sport. Even change of sport footwear can cause the tendon to stretch causing pain.
The initial treatment regime may consist of rest and ice packs with anti-inflammatories, however if the pain is quite severe and the patients gait is being affected, we may look to advise an orthotic, possibly with heel raises to re-balance the body and correctly distribute weight bearing again.
Often Acupuncture and mobilisation may help in conjunction with this to reduce inflammation and warm/stretch the muscles gently.