The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body, however unlike many tendons it is not round but rather tear-shaped, tapering at the inner edge. This is unfortunate for those who over-pronate due to poor foot posture as this places undue stress on the thinner, inside edge of the structure, leading to structural failure and pain.
Commonly experienced by many athletes with less than ideal footwear and/or foot posture, this painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon requires treatment aimed at both addressing the underlying causes as well as the initial pain. Custom orthotics, night splints, supportive strapping, heel raises, therapeutic ultrasound and dry needling are among the early treatments utilized for Achilles pathology before a rehabilitation plan is formulated.
The anatomy of the rearfoot is remarkably intricate.