The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that stretches from the back of the heel bone to the back of the leg, merging into the gastrocnemius muscle (the calf muscles). This tendon functions to plantarflex the foot and point your toes to the floor. It also facilitates walking by raising the heel off the ground.
In Singapore, Achilles Tendonitis affects both professional athletes as well as non-athletes requiring treatment. Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon normally caused by:
If patients continue living with microtrauma or tightness in their calves, they are more prone to developing a ruptured tendon. Severely damaged or ruptured tendons will inhibit one’s ability to walk. Cure for Achilles tendintis is difficult and often requires a lower limb specialist team of podiatry, physiotherapy and orthopaedics. If it does not heal with the use of conservative methods, surgery would then be required.