Practitioner: Lisa Whiteman, Podiatrist
Practice: Resonance Podiatry, New Zealand
Patient: 47 year old female netball player
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, it joins the calf muscles (soleus, gastrocnemius and plantaris) to the calcaneus. Achilles tendinopathy is a condition causeing pain, swelling and stiffness in the Achilles tendon and is thought to be caused by repeated micro trauma to the tendon. There are two types of tendinopathy – non-insertional where the mid portion of the tendon is affected, usually 2-6cm from the insertion to the calcaneus and insertional this involves inflammation at the insertion of the Achilles tendon to the calcaneus, pain is generally felt directly over the insertion point.