Podiatrist or physiotherapist - Achilles

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Sep 2016
9:37am, 6 Sep 2016
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I seem to have developed foundational Achilles tendinopathy in my left heal about 2 weeks ago. Pain was mild and went away after a few minutes of walking or running.

I decided to completely rest it over the weekend and Monday which oddly seems to have made it worse. Now pain is constant and walking difficult.

I don't know if this is because it tightens up as it heals or if I really do need to strengthen it like the article.

Pain only seems to be back of the heal. Squeezing tendon to rest is ok.

I think it's time to pay someone but as rates are quite expensive, would I be better seeking out a podiatrist or physiotherapist?
Sep 2016
11:50am, 6 Sep 2016
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Daz Love
In my experience it depends on who you see! I have seen great Physios and poor ones. I have only seen one podiatrist so not sure but how about an Osteopath? Also my sports massage 'man' is great and dare I say far more knowledgable than any Physio I have seen. Genuine interest in all things sports related.

I would always ask people locally to you who they use and their experience.
Sep 2016
2:29pm, 6 Sep 2016
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Thanks Dad, that's been my experience too in both camps.

Again, like you we have a sports masseuse / iron man triathlete who I find to be the best. He is training to be a physio and I'm hoping to see him as he is also honest so would refer me if something is outside his level of expertise. Having difficulty reaching him at the moment though.

The stuff I have read online suggests asking for a specialist in that area if asking for a physio which I might be able to do at a reputable clinic.

I'm concerned I could end seeing someone who doesn't add any value or worse just gushes through it.

I might try asking in my running club list to see if anyone has any recommendations, particularly if they were fixed as any recommendations are likely to be in commuting reach.


As an aside, I've started walking on my tip toes on the injured foot today an pain has subsided a lot. Still quite painful. I might ease in gently for some of the strength exercises. I thought. That might be useful for any other sufferers that stumble upon this topic
Sep 2016
4:25pm, 6 Sep 2016
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Daz Love
No worries Son (see your reply and aut-correct!!!) 😀😀
Sep 2016
6:56pm, 6 Sep 2016
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