Achilles Tendon: Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Facility at Achilles Injury Institute

Physical therapy is a conservative method of treatment used to treat Achilles injuries and conditions. The main goal of physical therapy is to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon and supporting muscles.This provides the foundation from which the most successful recovery stories stem from.

Stretch & Strengthen the Achilles Tendon

For stretching and strengthening to help keep your Achilles tendon healthy, physical therapy is usually the best course of action. Achilles Injury Institute currently offer physical therapy services at our Santa Monica and Valencia facilities to help you get the most out of your conservative care exercises. There are also some exercises you can do on your own to help prevent future Achilles tendon injuries:

Gastrocnemius Muscle Stretch

You can stretch your calves, and by extension the Achilles tendons, by performing a split-legged stance with your toes pointing forward. Using a wall or a tree for support, bend your front knee slightly and keep your back knee straight. You should be able to feel the stretch in your calf muscle.

Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times on each side.

 

Soleus Muscle and Achilles Tendon Stretch

This stretch is similar to the gastrocnemius muscle stretch, with one key difference. Instead of keeping the back knee straight, bend both knees slightly in this pose. The stretching should be felt deep in the calf muscle.

With either stretch, it is important to remember not to overdo it. Overstretching can be damaging to the tendon. Each pose should be held for 30 seconds for each leg. If you have an existing Achilles injury, see your local Achilles tendon specialist for instructions on how to safely stretch your tendon.

 

 

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