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Physical Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the large band of tissue at the back of your ankle. Normally, our tendons respond to gradual increases in stress by adjusting and getting stronger. However, if the amount of stress is too great or too sudden, the body is not able to recover and strengthen the tendon quickly enough, and the tendon weakens instead. This is the case when you suffer from Achilles tendonitis and the pain that goes with it. Many people that feel this type of pain believe they simply need to rest the area, but complete avoidance of activities that stress the tendon can make the problem worse, with the tendon continuing to get weaker during a prolonged period of rest.

Ankle pain illustration with red in the joints while walking.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is the most common cause of Achilles heel pain and one of the most common types of foot tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon that connects the calf to your heel bone, known as the “Achilles tendon”, becomes inflamed. This inflammation not only causes pain but can lead to the gradual breakdown of the Achilles tendon if left untreated.

Achilles tendonitis often presents itself after a sudden increase in activity volume or intensity. Running, especially at high speeds or steep inclines, where the tendon must stretch and contract rapidly, is a prominent cause of Achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis can also be caused by weak or tight calf muscles, flat feet, medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or any activity that puts repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon.

Though Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition, treatment is often simple. It starts with an effort to reduce inflammation, and thereby pain. Physical therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that can help manage your current symptoms and prevent future damage as much as possible. Professional’s physical therapists are experts in assessing discomfort caused by Achilles tendonitis and creating individualized treatment plans that aim to relieve pain, improve the status of your joints and muscles, and alleviate your symptoms for the long term.

Our goal is to guide your path to recovery so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of painful and bothersome Achilles tendonitis symptoms

Do you have pain from Achilles tendonitis?

Our physical therapists will customize a treatment plan for Achilles tendonitis pain relief. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)


Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include, but are not limited to:

  • Tenderness in the heel or higher up in the Achilles tendon
  • Tightness in the ankle
  • Tightness in the calf
  • Swelling in the back of the ankle
  • Pain in the back of the heel
  • Pain and stiffness with walking, worst with the first steps

Physical Therapy Treatments for Achilles Tendonitis

The exact treatment methods used for your Achilles tendonitis symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of your Achilles tendonitis diagnosis. Therapeutic techniques our physical therapist may use to relieve Achilles tendonitis pain include:

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Flexibility Training
  • Health & Wellness Strategies

What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis?

At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together, following a unique treatment plan designed to help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. The purpose of physical therapy for Achilles tendonitis is to manage and relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by Achilles tendonitis pain. Professional’s physical therapists will also address any related weakness in the lower extremities that may contribute to your Achilles tendonitis symptoms.

Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your PT will:

Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan

Assess your source of discomfort and pain

Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms

Offer guidance and support to prevent further damage

Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal

Our Commitment to Pain Relief for Achilles Tendonitis

At Professional, our focus is to help you get moving again and manage your symptoms at the same time. Your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help your body heal. If you are suffering from any foot and/or ankle pain that may not be related to Achilles tendonitis, please visit our primary ankle information page⇒.

Professional’s physical therapists are ready to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery. Find the clinic nearest to you⇒ to speak with a Professional physical therapist who specializes in ankle pain treatment and Achilles tendonitis today.


Convenient physical therapy clinics near you

We provide treatments for Achilles tendonitis pain from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and ankle pain treatment specialist today.

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We will work in an effective way to provide Achilles tendonitis pain relief during and after therapy