Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Heel pain? Ankle pain? Pain with running or walking? It could be Achilles Tendinopathy!

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Achilles tendinopathy (previously known as achilles tendinitis) is a common condition in runners.¹

The achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue which arises from the soleus and gastrocnemius (calf muscles) and inserts at the calcaneus (back of the heel).² The achilles tendon is responsible for pulling on the heel of the foot to allow us to walk, run and jump.²

 Achilles tendinopathy is considered an overuse injury and can be caused by a sudden increase in the intensity, frequency or duration of an activity; or reduced recovery time between activity.²

Other risk factors for achilles tendinopathy include reduced plantar flexor strength, reduced ankle dorsiflexion and abnormal gait patterns.¹

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Patients often present with pain localised to the achilles tendon, reduced range of motion and sometimes a thickened achilles tendon.² Stretching the achilles, running up hills or on a soft surface such as the beach may aggravate symptoms. This is due to the increase in ankle dorsiflexion which is where compression of the tendon is at its greatest.³

Initial treatment for Achilles tendinopathy should be aimed at reducing pain and improving calf strength.³ A rehabilitation program should then move towards a focus on the power of the whole kinetic chain and movement control during jumping and landing with retraining movements specific to the tendon in that sport/activity.³

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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).

You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.

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Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!

Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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1. van der Vlist A, Breda S, Oei E, Verhaar J, de Vos R. Clinical risk factors for Achilles tendinopathy: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019;53(21):1352-1361. 

2. Fares M, Khachfe H, Salhab H, Zbib J, Fares Y, Fares J. Achilles tendinopathy: Exploring injury characteristics and current treatment modalities. The Foot. 2020;:101715. 

3. Ganderton C, Cook J, Docking S, Rio E, van Ark M, Gaida J. Achilles tendinopathy: understanding the key concepts to improve clinical management. Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2020;19(2).


About Tom McCormick

Dr. Tom McCormick (Osteopath) is the Director and Principal Osteopath at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East. Tom is a qualified Osteopath and Dry needling practitioner and is also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Tom has also completed further studies in optimal movement patterns with the FMS (Functional Movement Systems).Tom believes it is important to address the immediate issues causing pain, however feels it is equally important to improve his patient’s ongoing movement, tissue quality, muscle activation and muscle strength in order to optimize injury recovery and reduce the chance of re-aggravation. Since Tom graduated as an Osteopath he has had the opportunity to work both in Queensland and Victoria within private practice and has worked closely with sporting teams. Tom has suffered many injuries and complaints over the years due to his heavy interest in sport. From broken bones, torn cartilage, tendon and muscle injuries to even a double hernia repair, this is ultimately what led Tom into the health field. Tom has a hands on approach to healthcare by utilizing a broad range of techniques that are tailored specifically to each patient. Such techniques include mobilization, soft tissue massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation. Although Tom enjoys treating athletes, he also thrives on the sense of enjoyment that comes with helping his patients of all ages with many other injuries. Tom also has experience in treating headaches, back and neck pain, hip, knee and ankle injuries and shoulder and elbow pain. Here at Valued Health Osteopathy Tom will use his Osteopathic experience, coupled with his further training to assess, diagnose, rehabilitate and treat in order to get you moving better with less pain. Outside of work Tom loves to travel, watch plenty of sport, exercise and loves a good coffee.