Achilles Tendinopathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

The Achilles tendon is our body’s largest tendon; a strong band of fibers that connect two calf muscles in the leg to the heel bone. It allows us to run, walk, jump, and controls downward movement of the ankle.

The term ‘Tendinopathy’ encompasses several painful conditions that are related to tendons. Achilles Tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe predominantly degenerative conditions affecting the Achilles tendon, with symptoms including pain, swelling, weakness, and stiffness.

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Test your hip strength for your chronic ankle sprain

Hip weakness is often neglected but is crucial to be identified especially for a chronically sprained ankle that is not improving. Hip weakness may have developed since the very acute stage of your injury when you walked in a compensatory movement pattern to avoid putting weight on your injured ankle. If the hip or gluteal muscles continue to stay weak at the later stage, it would put extra stress and continue to irritate your ankle.

 

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The Chronic Sprained Ankle That Won’t Heal

A sprained ankle is a very common injury that overstretches or tears the ligaments around the ankle. Check out the tests recommended by our physiotherapist Yi Jing below to see if your ankles, calf, and hips function well. Contact us for help if you have difficulty identifying the cause of your chronic ankle pain.

 

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ELBOW PAIN? Tennis elbow affects 50% of tennis players

Tennis elbow or Lateral Epicondylosis is an overuse injury. It occurs when the muscles and tendons in your forearm are strained due to repetitive or strenuous activity.

Research now suggests the best way to treat tennis elbow is with physiotherapy under a progressive controlled eccentric loading exercise programme. That is subjecting the tendon to gradual loading movements to stimulate the healing process. These types of loads result in a change of the tissue structure leading to repair. Check out below to learn more about tennis elbow with our senior physiotherapist, Kathryn.

 

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To CrossFit or not to CrossFit?

That is the question that regularly pops up during our Physiotherapy sessions from clients.

CrossFit (CF) is a workout methodology created by former gymnast Greg Glassman in 2001. It consists of a variety of exercises such as Olympic-like lifts, cardio training and multi-joint movements (like box jumps, pull-ups and jumping rope). This method of training and community has exploded worldwide over the last ten years and definitely in the last 5 in Singapore. This can be reflected by the amounts of CF ‘boxes’ which have propped up in Singapore and a number of people we encounter in the clinic who are now doing CF. Read more

The Popliteus enigma

The popliteus is a small flat triangular muscle that sits in the back of the knee joint.  Its primary motor roles are knee internal rotation (twist inwards) and assists with knee flexion, and it can also externally rotate the femur and leg when the foot is fixed on the ground.

Causes of injury

It is usually injured due to a large force on a weight-bearing knee that may also injure ligaments and capsule leading to a  potentially unstable knee.

The popliteus may also be injured due to repetitive compression and tension due to particular types of knee joint motions such as when practising Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ).

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