Achilles tendonitis is a chronic condition and can be one of the most common and difficult conditions to treat in the lower limb.
It involves painful thickening and breakdown of the tendon behind the ankle.
Achilles tendonitis can be found in the mid portion of the tendon or at it's attachment site in the heel.
All tendons have a certain amount of load they are able to tolerate, and repeatedly loading a tendon through overuse, too much exercise, poor conditioning or poor biomechanics etc. can result in the achilles tendon breaking down, tearing and causing pain.
Treatment does depend on the location and severity of symptoms
Tendon strengthening in combination with orthotics designed to address any biomechanical concerns is an effective treatment for achilles tendonitis.
For some chronic cases of achilles tendonitis, Shockwave therapy is providing to be quite effective. See our page on shockwave therapy for more information.