Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Medindie

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Medindie

In our practice at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we frequently see Achilles Tendonitis, defined by inflammation or degeneration due to overuse and over-stretching of the Achilles tendon. Every day, we strive to provide care and support for a considerable number of patients in Medindie suffering from Achilles Tendon Injuries.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

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

  • Pain and stiffness in the region upon rising in the morning
  • Pain diminishes after walking about and heating (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.

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The affected tendon gradually swells and thickens, resulting in a chronic issue that can become harder to alleviate the longer it is neglected. Stiffness in the region behind the heel or ankle when getting up in the morning is a common symptom. Achilles tendinitis often behaves in a particular way, with the pain reducing during exercise and then returning, often more intensely, afterwards. A microscopic view of these inflammatory conditions reveals particular cells the body sends to the site to manage inflammation and heal the tendon. At this juncture, recovery time is usually brief. If ignored for more than six months, this could potentially develop into Achilles Tendinosis (see below), necessitating a recovery time of 6-12 months.

 

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 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.

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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