Achilles Tendinitis Treatment at Our Foot Clinic in Kitchener and Owen Sound
Here's a painful scenario you may be all too familiar with: You want to run, walk, jump, dance or perform any of the other activities that figure so prominently in your daily life -- but your Achilles tendons just won't let you. Achilles tendinitis can cause serious pain and stiffness in that all-important tendon connecting the heel to the calf, quite literally hobbling your quality of life. But don't fret, because our foot clinic in Kitchener and Owen Sound can help you overcome that painful inflammation by treating its underlying causes.
Understanding Achilles Tendinitis
The Achilles tendon is tough, strong band of connective tissue anchoring the calcaneus (heel bone) to the calf muscles. Inflammation, pain and swelling in this tendon is known as Achilles tendinitis, and it can occur in two primary locations. In insertional Achilles tendinitis, the point where the tendon attached to the heel bone is inflamed; in non-insertional Achilles tendinitis, it is the middle portion of the tendon that experiences the inflammation. You may notice the pain running along the back of your heel when you first stand up and walk around in the morning, especially if your were engaged in heavy work or athletic activity the previous day. The area may also appear lumpy, thick or otherwise swollen.
Where did your Achilles tendonitis come from? Acute cases generally occur when the tendon is suddenly forced to perform an extreme action, such as pivoting in a dance move or launching off the starting bock in a sprint. But your pain and swelling can also be a chronic condition stemming from a long-term chronic situation. For example, individuals with abnormal arches in their feet and/or unbalanced musculoskeletal systems can develop persistent Achilles tendonitis,especially when lack of arch support in their footwear makes things even worse. Bone spurs can also irritate and damage the Achilles tendon.
While a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon generally calls for surgical intervention, inflammation of the tendon can be successfully treated through non-invasive conservative options. Here at Advanced Pain Relief Clinic, our diverse team of practitioners can prescribe a multi-modal approach that addresses both your symptoms and the conditions that brought them about in the first place. Your treatment plan may include:
- Laser Therapy - Laser therapy uses amplified light to boost cellular repair and regeneration to your Achilles tendon can heal more rapidly, while also boosting blood flow to relieve swelling and blocking pain signals in nerves.
- Shockwave Therapy - Shockwave therapy uses sonic pulses to break up internal scar tissue and promote circulation in the injured Achilles tendon.
- Orthotics - custom orthotics can correct foot arch and alignment problems that strain your Achilles tendons.
If your Achilles tendinitis has you searching for a foot doctor, you've come to the right place. New clients get a complimentary consultation, so call Advanced Pain Relief Clinic today!