Gastrocnemius Tendinopathy

Gastrocnemius tendinopathy refers to inflammation within the tendon of the large calf muscle where it originates from the back of the knee joint. It can result from overuse of the gastrocnemius tendon.

The function of the gastrocnemius tendon is to transmit forces produced by the large calf muscle (gastrocnemius) to the thigh bone and ankle. Repetitive use of the quadriceps muscle and, therefore, the gastrocnemius tendon can lead to microscopic tears within the substance of the tendon. To repair these microscopic tears, the body commences an inflammatory response. This chronic inflammation leads to development of a tendinopathy.

Management of this condition involves REST from aggravating activities, and massage therapy to treat weakness in the lower leg, abnormal bio-mechanics and training techniques.

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