Achilles Tendinopathy

The Achilles Tendon is the large tendon which connects the calf muscle (gastrocnemius) to the heel bone (calcaneus). Pain in this tissue may arise due to increased training volume or intensity or without any known cause as a result of degeneration.

This degeneration means that the Achilles Tendon does not possess its normal tensile strength and may be liable to rupture with continued sporting activity.

Factors which contribute to Achilles Tendinopathy include years of running, increase in activity, reduced recovery time, poor footwear, weak calf muscles, excessive pronation (collapsed arches) and poor muscle flexibility.

Damage to the Achilles Tendon typically causes symptoms of pain and stiffness in the area.

Osteopathic intervention can help by reducing muscle tightness in the calves, improving the range of movement of the ankle and providing a workable strengthening programme to avoid recurrence.