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​Achilles Tendinopathy

Sub-4 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Clinic in Staffordshire, West Midlands

Achilles Tendinopathy and Treatment

Achilles tendinopathy is a common condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the Achilles tendon that joins your heel bone to your calf muscles. It is often caused by repeated tiny trauma to the Achilles tendon with over-use, which will eventually suddenly become painful.

These may occur for a number of reasons, including abnormal load and movement of the tendon – for example, in runners with poor shoes and biomechanical issues.

Treatment includes rest, ice packs, painkillers, special exercises to help to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon and bespoke orthotics. For most people, the symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy usually clear within 3-6 months of starting treatment.

This is why it is important to get your injury assessed by a Musculoskeletal Podiatrist.

Achilles Tendinopathy
Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy and Treatment

Achilles tendinopathy can be a very painful condition affecting not only the Achilles tendon but is also very vital in terms of your lower limb health, as it allows you to lift your foot when you first begin to walk or run. It enables you to move forward, walk or run easily, whilst standing or walking with considerable pressure being placed upon the affected area.

As well as allowing your leg to support your bodyweight an injured tendon can also cause considerable pain. The pain in most cases is usually caused by inflammation within the tendon, although in more extreme cases damage can be caused to other structures in the tendon.

Achilles Tendinopathy Signs & Symptoms

Achilles Tendinopathy Signs & Symptoms

• Pain at the bottom of the heel
• Pain in the arch of the foot
• Pain increases after physical activity
• Pain increases early in the morning or when weight-bearing after prolonged periods of rest
• Pain is progressive over time

Achilles Tendinopathy Diagnosis


The best way to know if you are suffering from Achilles Tendinopathy, is to Book a free assessment with Sub-4. This will help to look at the pain and check if it is Achilles Tendinopathy and decide which is the best way to achieve recovery.

Achilles Tendinopathy – Treatment & Cost

The purpose of a free assessment, is to help medically explain the issue you have and determine what (if anything) can be done to treat your Achilles Tendinopathy. A Biomechanical Assessment level can be discussed depending on the level of pain or discomfort you are suffering.

Your Recovery… is Our Mission!

We can help you get to the underlying cause of your pain.

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