Achilles Pain

Foot and Leg Pain

Pain in the Achilles tendon is often an overuse injury to the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. Although it is commonly seen in athletes, it can affect people of all demographics.


Pain is most often seen in the mid portion and/or at the insertion area into the back of the heel bone. Treatment options will depend on the diagnosis but a biomechanical examination is often required to rule out any underlying mechanical issues.



Initial treatments generally revolve around specific strengthening exercises based on some of the new evidence from top researchers internationally to reduce pain and increase the load tolerance of the tendon. A graduated return to your activity is often on your morning stiffness and your tolerance to in clinic tests.


Further to this, custom orthoses and footwear modifications may be required for added stability. Self-care strategies are usually necessary to prevent recurring episodes.


Southern Sports Podiatry have researched the use of neural prolotherapy for the management of stubborn achilles tendon pain which involves a series of micro injections around nerves in the calf to reduce pain and inflammation. Having successfully treated well over 150 tendons now with high success rate this can be a great treatment to combine with a strength programme to get you back on track.


Please note prolotherapy is not covered by ACC so private charges apply.


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