Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Vale Park

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Vale 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 Vale Park daily.

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 discomfort subsides somewhat after mobilising and warming up, often facilitated by 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 Vale 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 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 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.

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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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