Self care for chronic Achilles tendon disorder includes heat and stretching to prevent tight muscle tone, myofascial trigger points, and fascial adhesions.
Manual therapy for a chronic Achilles tendon disorder is aimed at decreasing plantarflexor tightness and breaking up excessive fascial adhesion scar tissue.
The most common symptom of Achilles’ tendinitis is pain at the Achilles tendon. Pain is usually not present at rest, but will be evident upon palpation.
Achilles tendinitis involves swelling of the tendon; Achilles tendinosus involves tendon degeneration. Achilles bursitis involves swelling of the bursa.
Achilles tendinitis most often occurs due to overuse of the gastrocnemius and soleus contracting to plantarflex the ankle joint.