Created: January 07, 2013
Eric T. Greenberg, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist
Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury. Lifetime incidence of Achilles tendinopathy for competitive athletes is 24%. About 7% to 9% of runners will incur an Achilles tendon injury in a given year, with a lifetime incidence of Achilles tendinopathy as high as 40% to 50%. But it's not just athletes who develop this condition; sedentary people also report pain in the Achilles tendon. Physical therapists diagnose and provide conservative management of Achilles tendinopathy, helping people return to their daily activities and preventing long-term disability.
Adapted: This summary is based on: Carcia CR, Martin RL, Houck JR, Wukich DK. Achilles pain, stiffness, and muscle power deficits: Achilles tendinitis. Clinical Practice Guidelines Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010:40:A1-A26.