Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Norwood

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Norwood

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 Norwood.

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
  • The pain lessens after a bit of walking around and heat application, usually in the form of 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 Norwood

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 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.

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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