Achilles tendon irritation (inflammation of the Achilles tendon) / Achilles tendinitis
Rehab training for the injury

Rehab mobility and stability – Rehab strength

Focus of training the rest of your body so you do not lose mobility, stability, or strength in general. Find out what you are able to do, and exercise at the level that suits you. Training the rest of the body accelerates the healing process of injury, both because of the increased nerve activity and because of the circulation.

Description of Achilles tendon irritation

An Achilles tendon irritation or inflammation also known as Achilles Tendinitis is a condition in the surrounding tissue due to repeated hard stress. This type of tissue damage causes many problems, especially for long-distance runners training in the winter when they are forced to run on hard surfaces. The reason for the condition is the increased pull in the Achilles tendon or insufficient shock absorption. The increased pull occurs especially while running uphill and by (acquired) muscle / tendon shortening. A large percentage of patients exhibit decreased range of motion of the foot – specifically decreased ability to flex the foot downwards. A significant percentage also suffer from increased inwards rotation of the foot (valgus angle) due to shortening of the Achilles tendon and/or the calf muscle mm. Gastrocnemii. As compensation for the tightness, these muscles rotate the foot inward.

Symptoms of Achilles tendon irritation
  • Pain when loading or stressing the Achilles tendon.
  • Diffuse swelling of Achilles tendon.
  • In case of severe inflammation, the skin over the tendon is red and hot.
  • Crepitus (crackling or popping sounds/sensations under the skin) when moving.
Examination of Achilles tendon irritation
  • Analysis / Inspection / Palpation / ROM, visual and physical comparison with opposite side.
Treatment of Achilles tendon irritation
  • Rehab.
  • Active rest.
  • Heel insole (about 10mm (on both feet).
  • Thermo / cryotherapy.
  • Massaging the calf muscles.
  • Ultrasound (continuous / pulsating), 3 Mhz, 0.5 W cm2.
  • TNS.
  • Spascupreel (2 tabl. 3 g. dlg. i 9 dage).
  • Kinesiology tape
  • K-laser.
  • Traumeel ointment or tablets
Rehab training for the injury

Rehab mobility and stability – Rehab strength