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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Achilles Tendinitis

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Simeon Asher demonstrates a trigger point treatment protocol for achilles tendinitis


Achilles Tendinitis is often associated with the development of trigger points in the Gastrocnemius, Plantaris, and Soleus muscles

Achilles Tendinitis is characterised by an injury to the achilles tendon mostly due to overuse. The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone.

It is used in many activities such as walking, running and jumping and unfortunately, is commonly injured.

Even though the achilles tendon can withstand the impact caused by running and jumping, it can also be affected by tendinitis, which is associated to overuse, degeneration and injury.

During achilles tendinitis, the tendon responds to an injury or disease with swelling, pain or irritation. In severe injuries to the achilles tendon, the tendon may tear partially or rupture completely.

Common Causes

Some of the most common causes of achilles tendinitis include:

• overuse of the achilles tendon

• increasing your level of physical activity too quickly and suddenly

• wearing high heels too often and for too long

• problems with feet such as flat feet - when muscles or tendons in the legs are too tight


Badly fitting foot wear can often lead to the formation of trigger points


Common Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of achilles tendinitis include the following:

• Pain along the back of the foot and above the heel

• Pain when stretching the ankle or standing on toes 

• Tenderness 

• Swelling 

• Stiffness 

• A snapping or popping sound during the injury

• Difficulties pointing the toes or flexing the foot 

The degree of pain will vary depending on the damage to the tendon. The pain may be mild and worsen gradually if the Achilles Tendinitis is due to overuse or a non-serious injury.

If there is a rupture in the tendon, the pain can be abrupt and severe.


Trigger Point Therapy - Gastrocnemius

Gastrocnemius - Common Trigger Point Sites


Achilles Tendinitis and Trigger Points

Achilles Tendinitis is often associated with the development of trigger points in the Gastrocnemius, Plantaris, and Soleus muscles.

The video above demonstrates how we typically locate and treat these trigger points using an autonomously reproducible trigger point protocol. In most cases you are likely to find these techniques extremely effective!




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This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 





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