Sever’s Condition (Achilles Tendonitis) | Galleria Podiatry

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Definition

Inflammation, pain and / or tenderness of the Achilles tendon.

Symptoms

Sharp pain at the back of the leg, just above the heel, limited ankle flexibility and inflammation over the affected area are often present.

Causes

Achilles tendonitis commonly occurs from shearing and traction forces on the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel.
When the foot pronates (“rolls inwards”) excessively, it can create increased traction or over-stretching of the Achilles tendon. This results in increased shearing forces on the tendon which commonly leads to inflammation and pain. Often a lumpy build-up of scar tissue occurs.

Treatment

By preventing the feet rolling inwards, through the use of orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts), this reduces the over-stretching and traction on the Achilles tendon, therefore allieviating the problems.

Additional therapy and specific stretching may also be prescribed by your PODIATRIST.