Hello, my name is Kyle Wagner and I am a physical therapist at In Motion Physical Therapy in Downingtown, PA. I would like to talk about Achilles Tendinopathy, a painful condition in the affecting the Achilles’ tendon and heel, characterized by overuse followed by breakdown of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinopathy is very common amongst athletes, runners, as well as more sedentary individuals. Patients with this diagnosis experience pain along the Achilles or heel, pain when first walking, particularly after not moving for longer periods of time. The stiffness and pain may decrease with movement, then slowly increases again after activity continues.
The longer these symptoms last, the more painful, the more impactful, and the more difficult to treat they become. Physical therapists have multiple tools to treat this disease process, including exercise, manual therapy, as well as consultation for splinting and proper shoes. Please, if you are having pain in your Achilles or heel, please give us a call today at 610-518-9100.