Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is a tendon on the back of the leg, and the thickest in the human body.  When this tendon is put under excess strain, it can become inflamed. This is Achilles tendonitis or tendonopathy. 

What is the Difference Between Tendonitis and Tendonopathy?
Some people use the terms tendonopathy and tendonitis interchangeably.  While the two have almost identical symptoms, they are different conditions.  Tendonopathy is a degeneration of the collagen protein that forms the tendonTendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon.
What is It?
Achilles Tendonopathy is an overuse injury that is common especially to joggers and jumpers, due to the repetitive action and so may occur in other activities that require the same repetitive action.
Common Cause of Achilles Tendonitis?
  • ​Over-training or unaccustomed use - "too much too soon"
  • Excessive intensity or Distance increase
  • Change in training surface - for example, grass to bitumen
  • Lack of training variation
  • Poorly supportive footwear
  • Hill running
Treatment for Achilles Tendonopathy?
Treatment includes rest, ice packs, painkillers and special exercises to help to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon.  For most people, the symptoms of Achilles Tendonopathy usually clear within 3-6 months of starting treatment.

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