Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is a common injury most often seen in middle aged men participating in explosive movement/sport such as basketball or tennis. For most patients, the participation in these activites have only recently begun again (after a long period of absence).  The prior absence from activity; the typical extra few Kg’s of middle age etc… all lead to the de-conditioning of the tendon, make it weaker and more susceptible to damage.  It can equally occur in females and younger age groups when undertaking activities that involve repetitive stress on the feet.  Other common causes include –

> Poor footwear support during sport (or overuse of heels that can shorten the tendon)

> Inadequate warm-up or stretching prior to activity

> Explosive movements and jumping sports (i.e. tennis, squash, football)

> Sudden increase in training loads such as hill running, sprints of high impact, aerobic classes

Common Symptoms

At Bodyline Health our professionals including Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists are best suited to give you an accurate assessment and diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis. The most common symptoms include –

> Pain, redness and swelling about 2-3cm above the insertion of the Achilles tendon into the heel.

> Constant dull ache with sharp pain on squeezing the tendon.

> Morning pain and stiffness common (until warmed up) which may persist on-and-off for months.

> Restricted ankle movements, stiffness weakness/spasm in the calf and surrounding muscles

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly professionals at Bodyline Health.  Our team will help identify the cause and aggravators (to avoid) conduct tests on flexibility and range of motion and if necessary, arrange for further imaging via X-rays, Ultrasounds and MRI scans (if ruptures or severe degeneration are suspected)

Treatment

Once diagnosed, Achilles tendonitis often requires intensive treatment to reduce pain and swelling as rapidly as possible. Daily Icing, the use of anti-inflammatory medication and short term immobilization are common.  Additionally, we need to –

> Adjustment knee, hip and pelvis.

> Progressive Massage (pressure point therapy) & stretches 

> Massage, stretch & foot retraining exercise program

> Education & Adjective Maintenance

> Foot and Ankle Adjustive techniques

> Ultrasound

> Finally, long-term exercise and stretching program

If you think you may be suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, then don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals including Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists. Please do not hesitate to call for more information about Achilles Tendonitis on 90174784 or book online for fast diagnosis and treatment.

Bodyline Health Medical & Wellness Centre

17 Main Road, Lower Plenty, (03) 9017 4784