What is it the Achilles tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the large cord-like structure at the back of the ankle. It is responsible for transferring the muscle forces generated by the calf, which in turn allows you to roll onto the ball of your foot during walking and running. This tendon can withstand tremendous stress – it can tolerate forces of greater than 1000 pounds. However, it is also a tendon that can become inflamed and injured. Most tendon injuries are the result of gradual wear and tear from overuse or aging. Anyone can have a tendon injury but people who make repetitive movements in their jobs, sports, or daily activities are more likely to damage a tendon.
Signs you are having a problem with your Achilles?
Symptoms include pain (in the tendon or where it attaches to the heel bone), swelling, weakness in the leg, and morning stiffness. Discomfort that resolves as the day progresses, is common.
What can we do?
At EQ Physio we often see clients that experience chronic Achilles pain. Recent studies have shown that a certain Achilles condition called tendinosis, responds very well to a specific program of eccentric loading to stretch and strengthen the tendons. Given enough time and proper technique, we can help these patients recover from a problem that may have been bothersome for several months.
Who do you know that is experiencing Achilles or some other type of foot pain? There is a good chance that we can help – contact us today! Our clinic is conveniently located at the corner of Dundas and Trafalgar in Oakville.