Achilles Tendonitis

Signs or Symptoms

Pain in the Achilles tendon with up and down movement of the foot at the ankle.


Inflammation of the tendon of the calf muscles. This causes restriction of motion and pain, ache and tenderness when walking or even touching the tendon.


Over utilization, such as too much running, especially hills. Trauma, such as a kick to the tendon, is another common cause. Shoe pressure can aggravate the tendon. The most common cause is an over contraction of the muscles, calf muscles, that attach to the tendon.

Standard treatment

Heel lifts to reduce the pressure, stretching exercises and anti inflammatory medications

AK Approach

Muscle balance is the goal of the treatment. In this condition, abnormal stresses are applied to the tendon causing the tendonitis. To treat this condition, proper muscle function must be returned. This can involve many different muscle therapies ranging from massage to changing the way you walk and run. Other lifestyle modifications are used to prevent or minimize exacerbating the condition. A specific program for your needs is created.