Universal FootCare

Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation along the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is therefore susceptible to overuse injuries from running and jumping type exercises.  It is responsible for plantarflexion of the ankle (causing the front of the foot to lower and lift the heel off the ground).

Treatment Options

Symptoms

Pain in the back of the ankle and heel, swelling, redness, warmth, difficulty walking, and stiffness

What is the treatment for
Achilles Tendonitis?

Most cases of Achilles Tendonitis can be treated conservatively with nonsurgical treatments, although it may take several months for symptoms to completely subside. This involves a number of modalities including: 

Achilles Tendonitis condition
  • Resting: The first step in reducing pain is to decrease the activities that aggravate one’s symptoms.  Switching to low-impact activities until the acute inflammatory phase has passed will put less stress on the Achilles tendon.
  • Cross-training activities such as biking, elliptical exercise, and swimming are low-impact options to help you maintain being active.
  • Icing. This can be done up to twenty-minute intervals throughout the day as necessary.
  • Stretching exercises and strengthening exercises with eccentric contractions of the Achilles.
  • Supportive shoes and Heel lifts
  • Custom-made orthotic devices, which are made at Universal Footcare using a state-of-the-art laser scanner.
  • (NSAIDs) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Physical therapy: At Universal Footcare both passive and active physical therapy modalities including the Graston Technique will be administered to the Achilles tendon to effectively treat Achilles Tendonitis.

FAQ

Achilles tendonitis rarely requires surgery. However, if treatment is delayed or neglected, there could be further damage, such as a tendon tear. This would then require surgical repair. So don’t ignore your pain and come see us!

Warm up before and cool down after your workout routine. Slowly increase the intensity of your exercise over a period of time. If you’re using equipment at the gym, make sure you know how to use it safely and with the correct posture. If unsure, always ask!

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