Achilles tendinopathy
achilles tendinopathy, achilles tendon

Achilles tendinopathy is an irritation of the Achilles tendon, a thick band of tissue along the back of the lower leg that connects the calf muscles to the heel. It occurs when the demand placed on the tendon is greater than its ability to function.

Achilles tendinopathy can result in a limited ability to walk, climb stairs, or participate in recreational activities. Injuries can occur after 1 episode (acute injury) or after repetitive irritation or “microtrauma” (chronic injury). The severity of acute injuries is graded based on the amount of damage to the tendon:

  • Grade I: Mild strain. Mild to moderate pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness. Expected to heal normally with conservative management.
  • Grade II: Moderate strain. Moderate pain, swelling, difficulty walking normally. Expected to heal normally with conservative management.
  • Grade III: Complete rupture, often characterized by a “pop,” immediate pain, inability to bear weight. Typically requires surgery to repair.

Most often, Achilles tendon pain is the result of repetitive trauma to the tendon. This repetitive strain can result in chronic Achilles tendinopathy, which is a gradual breakdown of the tissue and is most often treated with physical therapy.

  • Does your body feel more lethargic and achy during your cardio sessions?
  • Are you compensating during your lifts towards the beginning or the end of your workout?
  • Do you feel that your body does not recover adequately between workouts?
  • Do you feel restrictions in your body during your posing routines and transitions?
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