Here’s Jonny’s latest post on Why your ankle pain keeps coming back and how to ease it
The Achilles tendon sits at the back of your heel and is also the thickest tendon in your body.A lot of the time if someone asks about ankle pain, it tends to be related to this tendon.
In fact this is a common question we get asked by patients visiting our clinic for the first time. Why does my achilles’ pain keep coming back? In fact a few weeks ago I had a new patient with that very same question.
The Achilles tendon sits at the back of your heel and is one of the thickest tendons in your body.
The patient in question Is a very keen runner and needed to get fit for a sponsored run. Although he knew that he was “running” out of time, frustratingly hindered by this Achilles’ tendon pain that had stopped him from training.
He’s had some other physiotherapy treatment in the past, 1 or 2 sessions here and there to ease the tendons. It worked for a while however shortly after the pain returned and he felt like he was back to square 1.
Sound familiar? I thought so!
The reason for this patient’s Achilles’ tendon pain coming back AND the reason for many individuals having recurrences of this pain, is that the ROOT cause was not identified! In this case the root cause was the patients foot position.
“But how can foot position affect your Achilles’ tendon?”, I hear you ask. Well your feet are literally the foundations of your body, and as with a houses foundations, if they are not strong, cracks will appear.
In the same way if your feet are not in the correct position, more stress will be going through certain parts of your body (Achilles’ tendon) and you get pain.
It was identified through a thorough assessment that the patient was actually rolling over on one foot (foot arch dropped) too much.
When this happens the Achilles’ tendon is put under more stress over time, getting tighter and tighter and rubbing more and more behind the heel. Ultimately it becomes very sore!
It’s really no surprise that this pain kept coming back!! The root cause of this patient’s pain was corrected with prescription orthotics (customised insoles) being placed into each shoe, to lift the arch of the foot up.
A treatment plan was also designed to reduce the pain immediately, get the patient stronger, more flexible and ensure they can run without fear of this coming back again.
So make sure to have YOUR root cause identified so that you can get back to all activities comfortably and worry free!
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You might know Paul as an expert Columnist who writes weekly health articles for TWO of the North East's biggest daily Newspapers, The Northern Echo And The Hartlepool Mail, he is a regular Speaker at Industry Seminars around the globe and a Radio Personality, often heard on the BBC. Paul has been an expert guest on dozens of Radio shows and regularly interviewed in newspapers, magazines and trade journals all over the world, including the Guardian.
Paul’s background included working extensively in the Premier League with a Top Professional Football Team, and since quitting his job in Professional Football in 2007, his Physio Practice has become the fastest growing in the UK and biggest in the North East. So successful, that companies like BUPA, ASDA, The Vela Group And Coast & Country, repeatedly retain his Physio company's services to keep healthy their own staff and workforce. Paul Gough Physio Rooms is now a large multi-physio, multi clinic speciality practice in Darlington, Durham, Guisborough and Hartlepool.
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