WHAT CAUSES IT?
Typically a partial Achilles tear will occur in an area of pre-existing pathology. There may have been scarring from previous injury due to overuse or irritation.
HOW TO SELF MANAGE
Partial tears are deemed unresponsive to eccentric Achilles strengthening exercises.
The current best management is to rest from aggravating activities, and wear a heel raise of 1cm.
With the above mentioned treatment, a partial tear should resolve. If conservative management is not successful further investigation via ultrasound may be warranted.
HOW PHYSIO HELPS?
Your physiotherapist will be able to take a thorough subjective history and determine whether your injury is a partial tear, tendinitis or tendinopathy
Assess your biomechanics
Review possible training factors which led to your injury
Provide you with the appropriate heel raise
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