Torn Achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord which attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.

Tears to the Achilles tendon are a frequent issue and the most common tear in the entire body.

Achilles tendinopathy is strongly detrimental to physical and mental health.

The main reasons for tearing are: strains to the heel while playing sports, strong plantar flexion to the heel or falling at height.

There are a few conditions which may predispose you to strains and tears and research shows that injuries may be missed during the first check-up if you are in this category. These include:

  • The normal ageing process.
  • Playing recreational sports
  • Obesity.
  • Use of commonly prescribed medication such as fluroquinonolas and steroids.
  • Poor motor coordination.
  • Altered biomechanics such as flat feet (pes planus), claw foot (pes cavus) and asymmetrical leg length.

Physiotherapy helps identify the main cause of the problem and select the right treatment method. The treatment largely depends on the issues identified during your first consultation.