Treatment of Achilles Tendinopathy
What can the athlete do?
The most sensible thing you can do is manage the situation well. Don’t be frightened by the pain. A heap of research has been done with low back pain showing that pain is not relative to tissue damage – so don’t panic!
Yes – its important to manage the pain – but don’t over react. Tendons do not like a change in activity – so the worst thing you can do is rest until the pain goes away, then return to your activity. Most likely the pain will come right back – you rest, and its a vicious circle.
Ideally get an assessment, so you are confident on what is wrong, then graduate your activities but don’t boom / bust….
- Identify the contributing factors.
- Local tissue techniques?
- Agree a rehabilitation programme.
- Refer on if necessary.