Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Bowden

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Bowden

We encounter cases of Achilles Tendon Injuries at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide on a daily basis, typically characterized by inflammation or degeneration due to the excessive stretching and overuse of the Achilles tendon. We diligently provide care to patients in Bowden, suffering from what is often referred to as Achilles Tendonitis.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

In our interactions with patients suffering from Achilles injuries, we’ve noted the following common symptoms:

  • Feeling stiffness and pain in the affected region upon waking in the morning
  • A reduction in pain following a brief period of movement and warming up, often with the aid of a 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:

  1. Achilles Tendinitis (Achilles Tendon inflammation)
  2. Achilles Tendinosis/Tendonopathy (Achilles Tendon degeneration)
  3. Retrocalneal Bursitis

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, Achilles Tendinitis presents most commonly and is characterized by acute inflammation.

Achilles Tendinitis Bowden

Over time, the tendon experiences thickening and swelling, culminating in a chronic condition that becomes more challenging to mitigate if left unchecked. Patients typically report stiffness in the heel or ankle area upon waking. In the case of Achilles tendinitis, the discomfort tends to subside with exercise, only to resurface and become painful later. Under microscopic examination, specific cells brought in by the body to control inflammation and aid tendon repair are evident in these inflammatory conditions. At this phase, the recovery time is relatively short. However, if the condition remains unaddressed for over six months, it may evolve into Achilles Tendinosis (see below), which could require a recovery period of 6-12 months.

 

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 essentially the advanced stage of chronic Achilles Tendinitis. It’s interesting to note that inflammation isn’t a characteristic of this condition. What these patients do experience is scarring, thickening, and/or microtear breakdown of the tendon. Despite the absence of redness or warmth in the surrounding tissue, the area can be sensitive and cause discomfort upon contact.

We occasionally identify Retrocalcaneal Bursitis in patients at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide. The condition is characterized by inflammation within the sac, akin to a fluid cushion, nestled between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. Often, a conspicuous bony bulge can be seen on the upper outer edge of the heel’s rear, a condition known as Haglund’s deformity.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Bowden

Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

We make available a broad spectrum of treatment possibilities for pain relief or for managing your Achilles tendon injury. Once we have gathered a detailed history and conducted a meticulous evaluation of your condition, we put together a treatment protocol specifically customized to cater to your needs.

Treatment options include:

  1. Achilles stretching, strengthening and icing
  2. Radial Shockwave Therapy
  3. Address biomechanics (shoes/ orthotics)
  4. Modify training

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we have our Don’t Let Achilles Be Your Heel System which treats the underlying causes which lead to stress of the Achilles Tendon.

The Don’t Let Achilles Be Your Heel System comprises of three components:

  1. Stretching and Strengthening Regime
  2. Extracorporal Shockwave Therapy
  3. Addressing your Biomechanics Walking/Running Pattern

If you have Achilles Tendinitis and there is no rupture this has been clinically proven to have a 98% success rate*.

*These journal articles can be provided upon request after your Initial Gap Free Assessment

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