Conditions we treat
Achilles tendonitis is a common disorder that can cause lingering pain and swelling for those effected, and can even require surgery when left untreated. An early evaluation at our clinic can help you recover properly and avoid surgery with non-invasive treatments.
What is the Achilles Tendon & How is it Affected By Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is an acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body it connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone.
Left untreated, the condition usually progresses to a degeneration of the tendon , in which the tendon loses its anatomic structure and is likely to develop tendon tears. In some cases, the degeneration may result in a complete rupture of the tendon.
Causes & Symptoms of Achilles Injuries
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis may include the following:
- Pain with activities or at rest
- Thickening of the tendon
- Tendon weakness
A sudden increase in repetitive activities can put too much stress on the tendon, leading to injury of the tendon fibers. With continued stress, the body is unable to repair the injured tendon, resulting in continued pain.
Achilles injuries are common to individuals who frequently place stress on their feet and ankles, including routine daily activities , light exercising can result in tendon flare-ups.
People with flat feet have a somewhat greater tendency to develop Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking. Proper shoe gear is essential in this patient population.
In diagnosing Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, our clinicians or physiotherapists will fully examine your foot and ankle, and evaluate the condition of the tendon. This may includes evaluation of the tendon’s strength and range of motion. If felt necessary the tendon damage can be further assessed with x-rays or MRI.
Tendonitis Treatment Options
Treatment approaches are usually selected on the basis of how long the injury has been present and the degree of damage to the tendon. In many cases, non-surgical treatments are very effective in managing Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendonosis. Surgical repair is sometimes required with moderate to severe tendon damage – early evaluation and treatment by your Clinician can help you avoid this,
For more information about Achilles Tendonitis or to have an assessment or some treatment contact us by filling out the form below, emailing or calling us.
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5 - 7, Church Hill Road, East Barnet,
Herts, EN4 8SY
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