What is Achilles Tendinopathy?
The phase ‘too much too soon’ is often very fitting when looking at the cause of achilles tendinopathy. Training errors, along with wearing inappropriate footwear, abnormal lower limb biomechanics and inflexibility and weakness of the calf complex are all factors that can contribute to the onset of achilles tendinopathy in runners. One of the most common symptoms is pain and stiffness in the morning – local to the achilles tendon. This is because the tendon must tolerate full range of movement including stretch when getting up in the morning. Pain is often present during activity, and can be aggravated further after activity. Swelling is uncommon, however the tendon itself may appear thicker.