Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Royston Park

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Royston Park

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we frequently treat a condition known as Achilles Tendonitis. This condition manifests as inflammation or deterioration due to an overextension and repeated strain on the Achilles tendon. We cater to the needs of numerous Achilles Tendon Injury patients in Royston Park daily.

What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendinitis?

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

  • 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 discomfort resurfaces after a few hours of sustained activity, especially during 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.

Achilles Tendinitis Royston Park

Over time, the tendon experiences thickening and swelling, culminating in a chronic condition that becomes more challenging to mitigate if left unchecked. Patients typically report stiffness in the heel or ankle area upon waking. In the case of Achilles tendinitis, the discomfort tends to subside with exercise, only to resurface and become painful later. Under microscopic examination, specific cells brought in by the body to control inflammation and aid tendon repair are evident in these inflammatory conditions. At this phase, the recovery time is relatively short. However, if the condition remains unaddressed for over six months, it may evolve into Achilles Tendinosis (see below), which could require a recovery period of 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, also referred to as Achilles Tendinosis, represents the advanced stage of chronic Achilles Tendinitis, and interestingly, it’s not accompanied by inflammation. Instead, patients with this condition exhibit symptoms such as scarring, thickening, and/or microtear breakdown of the tendon. While there is typically no redness or warmth in the surrounding tissue, the area can be sensitive and cause discomfort 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.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Royston Park

Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

We make available a broad spectrum of treatment possibilities for pain relief or for managing your Achilles tendon injury. Once we have gathered a detailed history and conducted a meticulous evaluation of your condition, we put together a treatment protocol specifically customized to cater to 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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