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Constant pain in the back of the ankle above the heel is often caused by injury to the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the bottom of the heel. 

Achilles tendinitis, which is the technical term for the pain above the heel that you’re experiencing, occurs when an injury to the Achilles tendon results in inflammation and a compressed nerve behind the ankle. For many people, nonsurgical treatment like physical therapy is an effective way to heal your injury. 

Physical therapy for pain in the ankle and heel

If you have been experiencing the pain in the back of your ankle and above your heel for a week or two now with no relief from at-home stretching, you should schedule an appointment with a physical therapist for more targeted treatment. Physical therapy is one of the most common treatments for Achilles tendinitis because it focuses on strengthening and stretching the damaged Achilles tendon, helping it to heal and reduce the inflammation that is responsible for your symptoms.

If your injury is related to a sport, your physical therapist may also recommend sports therapy to work with you on your form and movement to help prevent future injuries. Sports therapy also uses a treatment called Active Release Technique to massage around the damaged muscle in order to improve circulation, promote healing and improve functionality. 

Avoid reinjuring your Achilles tendon

After you have received treatment for the pain in your ankle and heel, it’s important to follow these prevention tips to help avoid reinjuring the Achilles tendon:

  • Stretch daily, especially before and after workouts.
  • Increase your activity level gradually.
  • Wear supportive shoes.
  • Let your body rest.

To learn more about the treatments available to you for ankle and heel pain, contact our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation today.