What is achilles tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis (acute) or tendonitis (chronic) is a common painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon, usually brought on during intense physical activity, which is why it is often present among professional and recreational athletes. However, walking and other common daily activities can also cause Achilles tendonitis/osis and can thus be diagnosed among non-athletes as well.
Here at South Coast Sports Podiatry, we have the opportunity to treat both athletic and non-athletic injuries of diverse severity. We are skilled and experienced, with a rich portfolio of satisfied patients who have, with our help, undergone successful Achilles tendonitis treatment. And we can do the same for you – we welcome anyone who struggles with this condition to arrive at our clinic in Shellharbour City Centre for a consultation, examination, and an effective rehabilitation plan.
How to recognise Achilles tendonitis
If you are experiencing:
- Limited range of motion in the foot;
- Swelling or discomfort in the back of the heel;
- Tightness in the calf muscles;
- Warm skin on the heel, sensitive to touch;
you are likely a good candidate for Achilles tendonitis treatment.
By postponing a visit to a podiatrist who specialises in matters regarding Achilles tendon, you may cause additional complications. If you start to feel that you have trouble exercising, running, or even walking, and if the pain becomes more severe, turn to a medical professional immediately to prevent any further complications and heel bone deformations.
Achilles Tendonitis Treatment
Depending on the degree of damage done to your heel, Achilles tendinopathy treatment methods may vary. Our certified podiatrists have experience in helping patients rehabilitate and retrieve full functionality. Over the years, we saw that although two patients may be diagnosed with the same condition, one and the same treatment may not help them equally.
Based on your physical state and the degree of Achilles tendon injury, we may suggest:
- Resting and icing the area
- Keeping the foot elevated whenever possible
- Reducing or completely restraining from physical and sports activities
- Switching to different, less strenuous (sports) activities
- Specific strength and conditioning programs
- Shockwave therapy
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Undergoing surgery (in the most severe cases)
What we can do for you
South Coast Sports Podiatry professional will schedule an in-clinic examination to determine what Achilles tendon pathology you may be suffering from. We provide a diagnosis only after we examine you in great detail.
Identifying possible damage
If necessary, we may suggest scheduling an X-ray, MRI scan, or ultrasound to take a closer look at possible damage to your bones and tissue.
Get in touch
Call South Coast Sports Podiatry on the phone or send us an email and someone will be right with you to schedule an appointment with our expert for Achilles tendon.