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What is Achilles tendinopathy?

The achilles tendon is the longest tendon the body and it is a springy band of tissue at the back of the ankle and above your heel.

It allows you to point and flex your toes/feet.

Where the tendon it is being overused, stepping up your exercise too quickly, wearing high heels muscles or tendons in the leg that are too tight it can cause a tendinitis whereby the tendon can become very swollen and painful.

In severe achilles tendon injury it can tear partially or rupture completely.

Symptoms of this condition

  • Pain along the back of your foot and above your heel especially when stretching your ankle or standing on your toes

  • If you rupture the tendon, pain can be abrupt and severe
  • Tenderness, swelling, stiffness
  • Difficulty flexing your foot or pointing your toes (in complete tears of the tendon

Treatments we provide for Achilles tendinopathy

  • Stretching
  • Massage
  • Mobilisation
  • METs
  • Dry Needling
  • Electroacupuncture

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