Lately at the practice we’ve been treating a lot of patients suffering from Achilles Tendinopathy. Now many patients don’t actually know what that is, and that’s why today I want to shed some light on the topic about this today so that you don’t get to that point. The key to this is to get the Achilles treated as soon as the problem arises so we can help you manage the pain, ensuring that you have no long term effects, and you can get back to the activities you love!
So, what causes Achilles Tendinopathy?
There is a range of things that can cause Achilles Tendinopathy, they can include wearing high heels as they shorten and tighten the calf muscle and put strain on your Achilles tendon, a sudden increase in training and or walking with a poor stretching routine can also provoke it, as well as poor footwear choices that either rub up against the tendon or simply don’t offer the support necessary.
Bear in mind that these are just a few examples. The pain that this injury can cause can be felt in the Achilles tendon, heel and or in the lower calf.
A good way to test if you have an Achilles problem is by rising up onto your toes, now try doing that standing on one leg… ouch? I would really urge you to give the clinic a call if you find that painful!!
What do I do if I have Achilles Tendinopathy?
Getting the right treatment as soon as the problem arises!
Leave it too long and the problem can become more difficult to resolve. Ensuring you see out the full rehabilitation program of this issue is extremely important to achieve an optimum outcome and prevent reoccurrence.
What treatment is likely to occur?
Treatment generally includes loosening of the appropriate muscles and joint structures that may be imparting or altering normal movement of both the calf muscles and ankle joint.
We’ll also provide a strengthening program to prevent further re-injury, and depending on your individual case, you may receive advice on correct footwear and possibly a prescription for orthotics.
The take away…
If you think you may have Achilles Tendinopathy, call the clinic now to arrange a GAP free appointment. You will have no out of pocket expenses if you are covered by your health fund and you bring your card with you on the day. We can then assess the level of seriousness and then get you back onto the road to recovery!