Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Parkside

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Parkside

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 Parkside.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

We consistently hear from patients with Achilles injuries that they experience:

  • Sensing pain and stiffness in the area first thing in the morning
  • Pain diminishes after walking about and heating (warm shower)
  • Reoccurs after several hours of activity especially running, tennis, football and 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 Parkside

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.

 

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, alternatively known as Achilles Tendinosis, is a condition that evolves from chronic Achilles Tendinitis. Unlike its predecessor, this condition is not marked by inflammation. Patients are likely to present with scarring, thickening, and/or microtear degeneration of the tendon. The surrounding tissue generally doesn’t show signs of redness or warmth, although the affected area can be tender to the touch.

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we sometimes encounter cases of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. This condition is characterized by inflammation within the sac-like structure filled with lubricating fluid, which is located between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. It is probable to find a noticeable bony protuberance on the outer-top edge of the heel’s backside, commonly referred to as a Haglund’s deformity.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Parkside

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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