Undue strain to the Achilles tendon results in over 230,000 Achilles tendon injuries per year in the U.S. alone. The undue strain could be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- tightness or weakness of the leg, knee, hip, or back muscles
- high or low arches, poor foot biomechanics
- uneven leg lengths
- alternating between high (2”) heels and exercise shoes
- sudden (rather than gradual) increases in training, such as running faster, further, or up steeper hills.
Treatment focuses on addressing any factors which could be contributing to undue strain, such as providing customized orthotics to correct poor foot biomechanics, a very carefully designed program of stretching and strengthening, and modalities to encourage increased blood supply to the tendon, such as laser therapy and soft tissue mobilization.
For more information on Achilles tendinosis or treatment options for Achilles tendon pain, please contact Ascent Physical Therapy at 970.949.9988