Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common presentations of leg pain podiatrists see in practice. Whether you run or walk for exercise, think of the pain being a result of overuse, in that your exercise volume or intensity has exceeded.
So what predisposes someone to be at risk of Achilles tendinopathy?
Is it ok if my tendon is painful?
Tendons adapt to load and yes that means that when you load the tendon, this can come with some pain. As much as we expect tendon pain to get less the more you load them, its important that you monitor your pain and get the help when you need it. My general rule of thumb is a maximum of 4/10 pain on a 10-point scale. Any more and you need to being seeing a well educated Sports Podiatrist.
What do I do if the pain gets too much or I can’t exercise?
This is a sign that your tendon is not responding and you likely need some professional advice. You need to book a time with a sports podiatrist who understands tendon pain, so that they can help you towards your recovery.
Give us a call at The Biomechanics Lab on 8364 6800 and make a time to see one of our experienced sports podiatrists.
At The Biomechanics Lab, we have a firm view that we need to load your tendons to a capacity you can handle, and have a program in place that will progress your rehabilitation to the point you no longer have pain and can return to exercise and/or sport.
Our approach is based on a 5-phase treatment program that will:
Dr Chris Bishop PhD
Director of The Biomechanics Lab
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