Achilles Tendonitis is the irritation and inflammation of the tendon at the back of the foot.
- First of all, it is a common injury amongst recreational athletes. Such as long distance runners (upon increasing the distance of the run or the amount of hill training completed).
The two most common causes of Achilles Tendonitis are lack of flexibility in the tendon, and overpronation of the foot.
- In addition, those who experience Achilles Tendonitis usually have the most significant pain after periods of inactivity. Such as first thing in the morning or when standing after long periods of sitting. The main place of pain is behind the heel. Pain link with exercise increases with jumping or pushing off for running.
Treatment includes rest, ice for inflammation, therapeutic ultrasound to increase the healing process. Stretching, eccentric strengthening and acupuncture are also needed.
- In addition we also use modalities such as ice and heat in order to reduce swelling on the affected area. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit is also applied in order to stimulate the tissues surrounding the Achilles. We also have Therapeutic Ultrasound in order to break down scar tissues around the supporting muscles, it also reduces inflammation around Achilles muscle that causes pain and discomfort.
Furthermore our therapist will guide patients through exercise programs that will help the supporting muscles get stronger. They will also teach patients manual stretches that can be perform anywhere in order to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.