Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common problems that we see at PhysioWorks and it is unfortunately an injury that often recurs if you return to sport too quickly – especially if a thorough rehabilitation program is not completed.
Your calf muscle is a large powerful group of muscles that can produce sufficient force to run, jump and hop. Your achilles tendon attaches your calf muscle to your heel bone. It is a tendon or non-contractile soft tissue structure, which does have a different level of blood supply and function, which does alter the rehabilitation from a calf tear.
Researchers have concluded that there are essentially 7 stages that need to be covered to effectively rehabilitate these injuries and prevent recurrence.
Early Injury Protection: Pain Reduction & Anti-inflammatory Phase
Regain Full Range of Motion
Restore Eccentric Muscle Strength
Restore Concentric Muscle Strength
Normalise Foot Biomechanics
Restore High Speed, Power, Proprioception & Agility
Return to Sport