Several factors can lead to Achilles tendonitis. When analyzing the timing of symptoms, there is often a history of change that precedes the onset of the injury. For example, an increase in walking distance, a change in type of shoes or an excessively rapid increase in a sporting activity that involves jumping or running. For PT this is important.
In regular runners, a change in volume, distance, intensity (e.g. intervals), surface (e.g. slopes), technique or type of shoes may be involved. Other factors such as weight gain, obesity or a lack of flexibility in the calf can also contribute to the development of this pathology.
Consult your Doctor
One of the first pieces of advice from your physiotherapist or sports physiotherapist is to give rest to the affected tendon. The goal is to decrease pain by reducing stress on the affected area to allow the body to heal. So activities that cause pain during or after should be stopped.
If the pain is present when walking, one of the first recommendations is to wear shoes with a raised heel or to add heel pads in your shoes. This will decrease the stress on your tendon. Using ice will also decrease the intensity of your pain.
Medication over a short period may be considered. Your physiotherapist will direct you to your