Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Myrtle Bank

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Myrtle Bank

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 Myrtle Bank.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

In our interactions with patients suffering from Achilles injuries, we’ve noted the following common symptoms:

  • 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
  • After several hours of activity, notably running, tennis, football, and dancing, the pain usually re-emerges

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 Myrtle Bank

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 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.

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.

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide we occasionally see Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. It refers to inflammation within the lubricating fluid like sac, which lies between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. It is highly likely that there is the presence of a prominent bony bump on the outside-top border of the back of the heel. This is known as a Haglund’s deformity.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Myrtle Bank

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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