Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Malvern

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Malvern

Day in and day out, at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we manage numerous instances of Achilles Tendon Injuries, a condition also known as Achilles Tendonitis. It is often characterized by inflammation or degeneration stemming from overuse and excessive stretching of the Achilles tendon. We’re committed to assisting patients in Malvern with their recovery.

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 gradual decrease in pain after some movement and application of heat, such as a warm shower
  • The pain has a tendency to return after extended periods of physical activity, especially in sports like running, tennis, football, or dance

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 Malvern

As the tendon swells and thickens over time, a chronic condition arises, which, if left unaddressed, becomes increasingly challenging to resolve. Early morning stiffness in the heel or ankle region is a usual symptom. With Achilles tendinitis, the initial discomfort often eases with physical activity, only to return and cause pain afterwards. Microscopic examination reveals specific cells within these inflammatory conditions, cells that the body mobilises to control inflammation and support tendon healing. At this stage, the recovery time is generally brief. However, if neglected for more than six months, it could escalate into Achilles Tendinosis (see below), with a recovery duration spanning 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.

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Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

At our clinic, we provide a plethora of treatment alternatives for your Achilles tendon injury or for alleviating your pain. Following a comprehensive examination and understanding of your situation, we develop a personalized treatment regimen, designed specifically to address 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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