Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Sydney & Northern Beaches
Achilles Tendonitis Relief in Manly Vale
Alternative Foot Solutions is a professional podiatry clinic using alternate methods and techniques to heal your body without the use of orthotics. Your practitioner is a qualified podiatrist and uses proven podiatry treatments.
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Achilles Tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon caused by micro tears that cause pain when the tendon is lengthened.
There are two main types:
- Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis. Small tears in the middle fibres of your tendon start to break it down. This causes pain and swelling in the middle of your Achilles tendon between your heel bone and where the calf muscles start.
- Insertional Achilles tendonitis. This damage occurs in the spot where your tendon meets your heel bone.
What does Achilles tendonitis feel like?
- Stiff and sore in the mornings
- Pain upon activity
- Can hurt when you stretch
- Important to treat ASAP to avoid rupture
What causes Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is caused by two main factors:
- Chronic tightness in the back of the leg: This can be a result of overuse or repeated activity, especially when performed without a proper warm up or stretching. Achilles tendonitis is also commonly seen in people performing activities that involve sudden changes in direction, speed or intensity such as running, tennis, basketball or dance.
- Misalignment of the foot and ankle. Both of these factors lead to repetitive or intense strain of the Achilles tendon, which results in micro tears over time.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis
Heel pain is the main symptom of Achilles tendonitis, and may be accompanied by swelling. Achilles pain is generally more evident in the mornings when the body has been inactive for a period of time, this may also present as a feeling of stiffness or limited range of motion when flexing your foot.
Achilles tendonitis will also cause pain during activity, sometimes making walking difficult or impossible in severe cases. Pain can also be experienced during any activity that requires stretching of the calf or foot.
The back of your heel may feel tender or swollen and, in some cases, can feel warm to the touch.
Achilles Tendonitis Treatment
- Stretching in the early stages may be helpful
- Icing and taping techniques can be effective in the short term
- Off load the area with lifts
- Foot mobilisation to correct the underlying structures of the foot and ankle
There are a number of conservative treatment methods for Achilles tendonitis, depending on the severity and progression of the condition.
In the early stages, stretching can be helpful to reduce the strain on the tendon. Icing and taping techniques may also be helpful in the short term.
Orthotics or lifts in footwear may assist in taking the load off the tendon and a reduction on physical activity or change to a less strenuous form of exercise can allow the tendon time to recover.
In cases where Achilles tendonitis is causes by misalignment in the foot, Foot mobilisation therapy is an effective, long-term treatment option to correct the underlying structures of the foot and ankle, reducing or eliminating strain of the tendon.