Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Vale Park

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Vale Park

In our practice at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we frequently see Achilles Tendonitis, defined by inflammation or degeneration due to overuse and over-stretching of the Achilles tendon. Every day, we strive to provide care and support for a considerable number of patients in Vale Park suffering from Achilles Tendon Injuries.

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
  • The pain lessens after a bit of walking around and heat application, usually in the form of a warm shower
  • The pain typically returns after prolonged activity, particularly when involved in 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

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.

 

It’s not uncommon for us at Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide to see patients with an Achilles Tendon injury that has troubled them for over half a year. The structural integrity of the tendon completely shifts under such circumstances, making it significantly harder to manage compared to 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 come across instances of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis from time to time. This refers to the inflammation of the sac, filled with a fluid-like lubricant, positioned between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. There’s a high chance of detecting a notable bony protrusion on the top exterior margin of the heel’s back, termed as a Haglund’s deformity.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment Vale Park

Treatment For Achilles Tendinitis

We offer a range of treatment options for your Achilles tendon injury or pain relief. After a detailed history and assessment of your issue, we formulate an individualised treatment plan, tailored 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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