Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Brompton

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Brompton

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 Brompton, suffering from what is often referred to as Achilles Tendonitis.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

Patients we see with Achilles injuries say they experience:

  • A pronounced discomfort and rigidity in the affected area when they get up in the morning
  • A reduction in pain following a brief period of movement and warming up, often with the aid of a warm shower
  • The discomfort resurfaces after a few hours of sustained activity, especially during running, tennis, football, or 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 Brompton

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 regularly come across cases where patients have been enduring an Achilles Tendon injury for an extended period exceeding six months. Such prolonged suffering often results in a complete change in the tendon’s structure, rendering it more difficult to address than Achilles Tendinitis.

Achilles Tendonopathy, also referred to as Achilles Tendinosis, represents the advanced stage of chronic Achilles Tendinitis, and interestingly, it’s not accompanied by inflammation. Instead, patients with this condition exhibit symptoms such as scarring, thickening, and/or microtear breakdown of the tendon. While there is typically no redness or warmth in the surrounding tissue, the area can be sensitive and cause discomfort when touched.

Retrocalcaneal Bursitis is a condition we occasionally diagnose at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide. This refers to an inflammatory response in the fluid-filled sac located between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. It’s common to observe a prominent bony bump on the top outer border of the heel’s back, recognized as a Haglund’s deformity.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Brompton

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:

  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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