A recent study published in Physical Therapy in Sport, has revealed the most common cause of Achilles pain in runners. According to the study, differences in fitness and strength are found amongst those who suffer with Achilles Tendinopathy (AT) compared to those who don’t.
Issues with the Achilles tendon can be problematic for several reasons. Here, we look at what the research found and how Achilles Tendinopathy is treated.
Difference in strength and fitness discovered in those with AT
The new study, carried out by two private physiotherapy clinics in Spain and Australia, assessed male runners with Achilles Tendinopathy. A total of 44 participants with AT and 44 without AT were included, matched by weight, age, and height.
It was discovered that runners with AT had weaker knee extension strength, alongside less hip abduction. It was also revealed that they had less plantarflexion, weaker calf strength, and pain during leg curls and hopping.
Not only do runners with AT struggle with their performance, but the issue can lead to more serious problems if left untreated.
What is Achilles Tendinopathy?
Achilles Tendinopathy relates to a range of problems affecting the Achilles tendon. The strongest and thickest tendon in the body, it helps to move the foot when you run, walk, jump, and climb.
With AT, the tendon stops working correctly after becoming damaged. Overuse of the tendon and injury are the two most common causes of the condition.
When AT develops, it can cause pain when you try and run, restricting your ability. The most common symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy include:
- Pain in the heel of the foot
- Stiffness within the tendon
- Tenderness when the tendon is touched
- Swelling within the back of the ankle
In running, the condition can occur due to wearing the wrong shoes, over-training, and using a poor technique. Like any condition, it is better to prevent AT in the first place. Don’t overtrain, work on building up the calf muscles, and make sure you are using the correct equipment.
How is Achilles Tendinopathy treated?
If you do develop AT, it is important to seek treatment early. This will ensure you can get back to running as soon as possible.
There are some things you can do at home to ease the symptoms such as resting the tendon, applying a cold ice pack, and taking over-the-counter painkillers. However, in most cases professional help is needed to eliminate the problem.
The basic principle of MBST is using electromagnetic fields, similar to those used in MRI imaging, to stimulate cell regeneration on a molecular level, helping to eliminate the pain and swelling caused by the condition.
Book an appointment now to see if MBST could be an ideal treatment option for your Achilles Tendinopathy.