Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

Also know as or related to:

Posterior heel pain, Calcaneal heel pain, Back of heel pain.

Description:

Insertional Achilles tendonitis refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the point where the tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone (calcaneus).

Symptoms:

Sudden or gradual onset of pain at the back of the heel that may have associated swelling at the back of the heel. The pain may occur suddenly during activity or more commonly may gradually appear over a series of days or weeks.

    Causes:

    Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is caused in the same way as mid-portion Achilles Tendonitis (above the heel). 

      Treatments:

      • Promote healing through traditional rest, ice, stretching, massage, etc.
      • Reduce load by addressing a tight Achilles, reducing pronation with shoes and orthotics and improving run technique.
      • Increase strength with very specific exercises is critical to the full recovery of insertional Achilles tendonitis. These step by step video instructions detail how to perform and implement this comprehensive rehabilitation program to build strength and heal insertional Achilles tendonitis.

       

       

      Summary:

      The early diagnosis of Achilles injuries is crucial to facilitate rapid healing and a full return to sport before a more serious rupture occurs. Finding the causes of this injury is critical to preventing the problem recurring.

      Make an appointment with on of our Brisbane podiatrists or Gladstone podiatrists to help you over come this difficult and often debilitating problem.