at Petersfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

Achilles Heel

Achilles heel is the common name for Achilles tendinopathy or tendinitis. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone allowing you to run, jump and hop. It has a poor blood supply and is prone to inflammation, degeneration or even complete rupture, particularly when playing a sport that involves an explosive sprint or jump.

What can Petersfield Physio do to help Achilles Heel?

We can use ice and electrotherapy to reduce the pain, stretches to ensure the tendon doesn’t shorten and specific stretching/strengthening exercises called eccentric loading to restore full function. If the tendon has ruptured, it will either be surgically repaired or placed in a boot for several weeks to allow it to heal. Physiotherapy can restore range of movement, strength and function once the tendon has repaired.