Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Walkerville | Achilles Tendinopathy
Achilles Tendonitis Treatment near Walkerville
Achilles Tendonitis (also known as Achilles Tendinitis) is defined as inflammation or degeneration caused by excessive stretching/ overuse of the Achilles tendon. At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we see several cases of Achilles Tendon Injuries every day, offering care to patients near Walkerville.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?
Patients we see with Achilles injuries say they experience:
- pain and stiffness in the region upon rising in the morning
- pain diminishes after walking about and heating (warm shower)
- reoccurs after several hours of activity especially running, tennis, football and dancing
What are the causes of Achilles Tendon Injuries?
The Achilles Tendon is usually subjected to three common injuries:
- Achilles Tendinitis (Achilles Tendon inflammation)
- Achilles Tendinosis/Tendonopathy (Achilles Tendon degeneration)
- Retrocalneal Bursitis
At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, Achilles Tendinitis presents most commonly and is characterized by acute inflammation. The tendon becomes swollen and thickened. It is a chronic problem which develops over a long period and can be very difficult to settle down the longer it is left unattended. Symptoms usually include stiffness behind the heel or ankle when rising in the morning. With Achilles tendinitis, it usually warms up with exercise only to become stiff and painful afterwards. When seen under the microscope, inflammatory conditions have specific cells that the body brings to that area of the body to help control the inflammation and heal the injured tendon. At this stage, recover time is short. If left for over six months, it may develop into Achilles Tendinosis (see below) which may take 6-12 to recover.
At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we see people presenting with an Achilles Tendon injury which has dogged them for over half a year. The make-up of the tendon has completely changed and this is harder to resolve than Achilles Tendinitis.
Achilles Tendonopathy or Achilles Tendinosis is the progressed stage of chronic Achilles Tendinitis that is not characterized by inflammation. Rather, these patients have scarring thickening and/or microtear breakdown of the tendon. There is usually no redness or warmth of the surrounding tissue, although the area can be painful to touch.
At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide we occasionally see Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. It refers to inflammation within the lubricating fluid like sac, which lies between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. It is highly likely that there is the presence of a prominent bony bump on the outside-top border of the back of the heel. This is known as a Hagluand’s deformity.
Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis
We offer a range of treatment options for your Achilles tendon injury or pain relief. After a detailed history and assessment of your issue, we formulate an individualised treatment plan, tailored to your needs.
Treatment options include:
- Achilles stretching, strengthening and icing
- Radial Shockwave Therapy
- Address biomechanics (shoes/ orthotics)
- Modify training