Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Collinswood

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Collinswood

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we frequently treat a condition known as Achilles Tendonitis. This condition manifests as inflammation or deterioration due to an overextension and repeated strain on the Achilles tendon. We cater to the needs of numerous Achilles Tendon Injury patients in Collinswood daily.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

Patients we see with Achilles injuries say they experience:

  • Feeling stiffness and pain in the affected region upon waking in the morning
  • A gradual decrease in pain after some movement and application of heat, such as 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 Collinswood
The tendon progressively swells and thickens, eventually leading to a chronic condition that becomes increasingly difficult to manage the longer it is left untreated. Symptoms often encompass stiffness behind the heel or ankle when waking up. For those with Achilles tendinitis, pain usually alleviates with exercise but returns and intensifies afterwards. Examining such inflammatory conditions under a microscope reveals specific cells that the body dispatches to the site to tackle inflammation and facilitate tendon recovery. During this stage, the duration for recovery is relatively short. If left untreated for over six months, the condition could progress into Achilles Tendinosis (see below), necessitating a recovery period ranging from 6 to 12 months.

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we often encounter individuals grappling with an Achilles Tendon injury that has persisted for more than six months. This leads to a complete transformation in the tendon’s structure, making it more challenging to treat compared to Achilles Tendinitis.

The condition known as Achilles Tendonopathy or Achilles Tendinosis is a progressed stage of chronic Achilles Tendinitis. However, unlike Tendinitis, Tendonopathy doesn’t feature inflammation. The symptoms instead include scarring, thickening, and/or microtear disruption within the tendon. Typically, the area around the tendon doesn’t exhibit redness or warmth, but it can often be painful when touched.

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 Collinswood

Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

We propose an array of treatment strategies to tackle your Achilles tendon pain or injury. Upon taking a detailed history and carrying out a thorough assessment of your condition, we devise a treatment plan tailored to meet your unique 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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