Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Fullarton

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Fullarton

Achilles Tendonitis (also known as Achilles Tendinitis) is defined as inflammation or degeneration caused by excessive stretching and 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 in Fullarton.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

Patients who come to us with Achilles injuries often report a similar set of experiences:

  • A pronounced discomfort and rigidity in the affected area when they get up in the morning
  • The discomfort subsides somewhat after mobilising and warming up, often facilitated by a warm shower
  • The pain typically returns after prolonged activity, particularly when involved in 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 Fullarton

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.

 

It’s not uncommon for us at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide to see patients with an Achilles Tendon injury that has troubled them for over half a year. The structural integrity of the tendon completely shifts under such circumstances, making it significantly harder to manage compared to 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.

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Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

We extend a variety of treatment solutions for your Achilles tendon discomfort or injury. After conducting an in-depth evaluation and history-taking of your problem, we construct a treatment strategy that is custom-fitted to your individual requirements.

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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