Tendinopathy is a term that describes ‘wear and tear’ within a tendon. This usually occurs due to direct trauma to the Achilles tendon, or more commonly, through an increased load to the tendon over a period.
The tendinopathy is usually located in one of two spots — the middle of the tendon (mid portion tendinopathy) or where the tendon inserts onto the bone (insertional tendinopathy). Depending on the severity, stage and needs of the individual, tendinopathy recovery (Achilles tendon strain rehab) can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.
What causes Achilles tendinopathy?
Usually, Achilles tendinopathy is caused by a recent change in load, for example;
- Increased training frequency
- A single high-intensity session or multiple sessions with inadequate rest time
- Change in footwear
- Change in training surfaces (e.g. grass to road)
- Training with tight calves/muscles
- Returning to exercise after a period of rest (like being sick).
Achilles tendinopathy treatment
As the Achilles tendon is sensitive to load changes, when treating the Achilles for pain, it’s important to reduce the load aggravating it. This means we may need to strap/tape or add a heel raise to your shoe to deload the tendon throughout the day.
Assessment of the local muscles, ligaments and joints is vital to recovering from Achilles tendinopathy, with techniques like acupuncture and specific muscle release work essential to minimising pain and regaining flexibility to the tendon as quickly as possible.
Achilles tendon strain rehab involves regaining strength and flexibility, and the tendon needs to be gradually exposed back into exercise to prevent further injury. As such, the process for full Achilles tendinopathy rehabilitation can be slow at times.
If you think you’re experiencing Achilles tendinopathy and could benefit from Achilles tendon strain rehab, book a session at Scope Chiropractic in West End or Ipswich.