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Achilles Tendinitis – Understanding the Pain and How Podiatry Can Help

Do you ever feel a nagging pain in your heel or lower calf when you walk or run? It could be Achilles tendinitis, a common condition that affects many active individuals. But what exactly is Achilles tendinitis, and how can podiatry help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with it?

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. It plays a crucial role in activities like walking, running, and jumping. Achilles tendinitis occurs when this tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse or strain. It’s often characterized by pain and stiffness in the back of the heel or lower calf, especially after physical activity.

Understanding Achilles Tendinopathy

Sometimes, the condition may progress beyond inflammation to what’s known as Achilles tendinopathy. This term encompasses both inflammation and degeneration of the tendon tissue. With tendinopathy, the pain and stiffness may become chronic and affect your daily activities.

How Podiatry Can Help

As Podiatrists, we specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the feet and ankles, including Achilles tendinitis and tendinopathy. Here’s how we can help you:

Accurate Diagnosis

We will conduct a thorough examination of your foot and ankle, including assessing your range of motion and performing specific tests to pinpoint the source of your pain. With advanced diagnostic tools like ultrasound or MRI, we can get a clear picture of the extent of tendon damage.

Personalized Treatment Plan:

Once we understand the severity of your condition, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: we will advise you on the appropriate rest periods and modifications to your physical activities to prevent further strain on the Achilles tendon.
  • Manual Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help strengthen the muscles around the tendon and improve flexibility, promoting healing and reducing the risk of future injuries.
  • Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotic inserts for your shoes can provide support and alignment to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon and facilitate proper foot mechanics.
  • Footwear Recommendations: we will recommend footwear with adequate cushioning and support to reduce stress on the Achilles tendon during daily activities.
  • Modalities: Depending on your condition, modalities such as shockwave therapy may be beneficial in promoting tissue healing and reducing pain.

Preventive Measures:

In addition to treating the current symptoms, we will work with you to develop preventive strategies to avoid future flare-ups of Achilles tendinitis. This may include proper warm-up and cool-down routines, gradual progression of physical activity, and ongoing monitoring of your foot health.

Achilles tendinitis and tendinopathy can be painful and debilitating, but with the help of a knowledgeable podiatrist, you can find relief and get back to your active lifestyle. Don’t let foot pain hold you back – schedule an appointment with us today to start your journey toward healthier, pain-free feet. Remember, early intervention is key to preventing chronic issues and enjoying a life free from Achilles pain. Call us now on 9542 3491.

Til next time

The Team from Sutherland Podiatry Centre