Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. It is the attachment of the calf muscle to the heel. There are actually two different muscle groups within the calf muscle. This helps to support the full weight of our bodies. Although the tendon is quite strong, it can get inflamed with the slightest movement that catches it off guard. Has you been feeling pain behind the ankle at the end of the day or after doing certain activities? Does it stop you from going hard in the gym or running while playing sports? Read on to know what to do?
Ice is the first step following achilles tendon pain. Followed by raising the foot and bandaging it to reduce swelling. It’s very important to see a Physio to prevent a tendon rupture. A Physiotherapist will assess the extent of the injury and advice on do’s and dont’s. You will get a recovery timeframe and graded exercises to strengthen the achilles tendon again. The goal of treatment is ofcourse to get you back to your pre injury activity levels as soon as possible.
However, if there’s a complete rupture of the tendon, surgery is usually recommended. Or depending upon the extent of the tear, there will be a period of immobilization in a moon boot.