Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis (also known as Tenosinovitis or Tendonopathy) is inflammation, irritation and swelling of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle (just above the heel), where the tendon attaches to the heel bone.  Most commonly, Achilles Tendonitis is caused by a tight Achilles Tendon, coupled with excessive pronation (i.e. flat feet).

 

Symptoms

As you walk your feet excessively pronate (i.e. roll inwards and the arches flatten), which causes the Achilles Tendon to overstretch, and pull away from its attachment at the back of the heel bone.  With every step this sequence is repeated, and over time inflammation and pain occur.  Achilles Tendonitis pain can increase with a change in activity, and in some cases cause a bone spur to develop, as the body natural reaction to reduce the over-stretching.  In extreme cases, if left untreated, the Achilles Tendon can tear away from the heel bone – in which case surgery is required to pin the tendon back in place.

Achilles Tendonitis is often characterised by inflammation, pain and swelling of the Achilles tendon at the base of the ankle, where the tendon attaches to the heel bone.   Pain can be experienced either on the inner side or outer side – just above the back of the heel.

 

How Pedistep Orthotics Can Help

Pedistep Orthotics assist in treating Achilles Tendonitis by correctly aligning the foot, and supporting the arches of the feet – that is preventing excessive pronation.  By correcting pronation, the Achilles Tendon no longer over-stretches, thus relieving inflammation and pain.  When you first start to wear Pedistep Orthotics, it may take a week or so for the inflammation to completely subside.  During this time try not to stretch the Achilles or calf muscle, other than during normal walking activities, as doing so may hinder the healing process of the inflammation.