Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinosis
Damage to the Achilles tendon can present in a number of ways.
The most important thing you can do when you are experiencing tendon problems is to have a detailed assessment so you can get the most appropriate treatment options for you.
Understanding your tendon injury helps us find a solution
Many of us have experienced a little bit of a niggle in the tendon at the back of the ankle at some time. However, there is a big difference between a little soreness and the potentially disabling condition referred to as Achilles tendonitis.
Most of us know someone who has experienced pain from Achilles Tendonitis. Some people use the terms tendonitis and tendinopathy interchangeably, however, it's important to understand the difference between the conditions to make sure the right treatment is performed.
Same symptoms, different conditions
While the two have almost identical symptoms, they are very different conditions. Tendinopathy is a degeneration of the collagen protein that forms the tendon. Tendonitis, on the other hand, refers to inflammation of the tendon and surrounding structures.
Tendinosis/Tendonitis can be triggered by a number of causes including:
- Applying stress to your tendon more than it can tolerate
- A sudden increase in activities
- Pressure or stress on the tendon
The most important part of treating any tendon issue is identifying what caused that damage in the first place and treating it accordingly.
Get the right treatment for the right diagnosis
Most of the clients we help with tendinitis are looking to get back to their regular lives without having to worry about tendon pain anymore. It can be debilitating to experience pain in your tendon with every step you take.
Free from tendon pain
When it comes to your tendon problems, the best treatments need to be tailored to your needs. That's why our Podiatrists take the time to talk with you about your goals and expectations before developing your individualised tendon management plan.
We will be working together on multiple areas that contribute to your tendon pain. This will include:
- reducing the stress on the damaged tendons through activity modification, footwear, strapping and orthoses;
- hands-on treatment to help repair the damaged parts of your tendon and;
- exercise rehabilitation to help make your tendon stronger
Sometimes progress moves quickly,
... and other times you might feel we have hit a plateau. What's important to know is that we need to trust the process as changing the plan too much usually has a negative result on recovery.
It takes teamwork! What we do outside of the clinic is just as important as what we do within it - What you do at home can go a long way to you getting better, faster!
The Complete Podiatry team can help you live the life you want to without your tendinitis/tendinopathy limiting what you can do. Phone us now or contact us here if you feel now's the time you finally did something to help with that tendon pain you have been living with.