Common Conditions

Achilles Tendon pain

What is Achilles Tendon Pain?

The Achilles Tendon is a strong, robust tendon that inserts into the back of your heel.  The Achilles plays a key role during walking, running and activity.  There are many differential diagnosis that can affect the posterior heel, so understanding the specific diagnosis is important when establishing an appropriate treatment plan.


The most common cause of posterior heel pain is Achilles Tendon degeneration and overload.  This can be diagnosed as either mid-section Achilles tendinopathy or insertional Achilles tendinopathy.  Imagine an elastic band and try to think about tendons within your body as an elastic band of tissue, that allow movement.  The Achilles Tendon originates from the calf muscles and inserts into the heel bone.  The Achilles allows movement of the foot, ankle and knee during walking and running.  The Achilles is a common site of injury and we have access to excellent evidence based treatment options within South West Podiatry clinics. Tissue damage can easily be identified with the use of diagnostic ultrasound.  Specific members of the team are able to utilise diagnostic ultrasound to review differential diagnosis such as a tear, tendon rupture or bursa formation.

How can South West Podiatry help resolve your Achilles pain?

Our experienced Foot & Ankle team will assess your concern during an initial consultation and provide you with an appropriate management plan that may include:

– On-site diagnostic ultrasound
– X-ray
Orthotics (medical insoles)
Shockwave Therapy
Steroid injection therapy
– Online rehabilitation package
– Face to Face or Video consultation

Clinic Locations:

Appointments are available at all clinical sites. *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7: BOOK ONLINE. Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here: Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.