Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles is often a running or other sport related injury resulting from overuse, intense exercise, jumping or other exercise that puts a strain on the tendon.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:
Mild ache or pain at the back of the leg and above the heel after running or other sports activity
Episodes of more serious pain associated with stair climbing, or intense exercise such as prolonged running or sprinting
Tenderness of stiffness especially in the morning that usually improves with mild activity
Mild swelling or a “bump” on your Achilles tendon
A crackling or creaking sound when you move your ankle
Weakness in your ankle
What to expect from therapy
Physical therapy treatment involves controlling the inflammation and pain symptoms through cryotherapy ultrasound and manual therapy. The therapist will develop a specific exercise program to regain ankle flexibility and strength.