Achillies Pain

Achilles Heel a Classical Tale


In classical Greek mythology Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War. Legend has it that Achilles was invulnerable in all areas of his body except for his heel which later led to his death when he was shot by an arrow to his heel.


Clearly Greek writers knew of the underlying weakness and problems associated with this tendon and developed these great fables around it. This probably makes Achilles the first recorded episode of tendonitis!


Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common sports injuries. The tendon which is located behind the ankle can be inflamed by a change in the type and intensity of activity.


Some authors suggest that non-optimal lower limb biomechanics play a role in the development of this condition by placing excessive rotational stresses on the Achilles tendon and that this contributes to its degeneration.


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Published by Physio4motion Cardiff Physiotherapy Clinic