In this short video, Dr. Breanne Kelley discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Achilles tendonitis. She also discusses Airrosti’s approach to Achilles tendonitis and how we allow our patients to stay active during treatment.
WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDONITIS?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It is a band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump. It is also prone to tendonitis when overused.
Achilles tendonitis is an injury that occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and irritated after extensive use. This inflammation inhibits the tendon’s ability to move and can cause sharp, intense pain near the back of the lower leg.
ACHILLES TENDONITIS CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS
Achilles tendonitis typically develops when we push our bodies to do too much, too quickly. Achilles tendonitis most commonly occurs in runners and other athletes who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their training.
Below are a few of the risk factors associated with Achilles tendonitis.
- Tight calf muscles.
- A bone spur that has developed on the heel.
- Running in improper footwear, on steep inclines, or in cold weather.
- A flat arch in your foot which can put more strain on the tendon when running.
- Medical conditions like obesity and high blood pressure.
SYMPTOMS OF ACHILLES TENDONITIS
The pain associated with Achilles tendonitis typically begins as mild heel pain. Sometimes pain and swelling are present in the back of the leg or above the heel. Any action that requires flexing the calf muscle may be painful.
Episodes of more severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting. You might also experience tenderness and stiffness, especially in the morning. These symptoms usually improve throughout the day as your body warms up.
TRADITIONAL ACHILLES TENDONITIS TREATMENT OPTIONS
Your doctor may perform a physical exam, a range of motion test, and order imaging tests to help rule out other conditions. Your doctor will recommend you take some time off to rest and heal, limit your physical activity, and modify your exercises as needed. Over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen are often recommended to curb any pain. Icing the affected area for 15 – 20 minutes at a time may also help reduce swelling and inflammation.
Depending on the severity of your injury, it may take six to eight weeks to resolve the condition and return to your regular training schedule. Other treatment options include orthotic inserts and physical therapy to strengthen the Achilles tendon and promote faster healing.
AIRROSTI CAN HELP: ACHILLES TENDONITIS DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, AND PAIN RELIEF
Airrosti helps patients relieve pain quickly, without the use of pain medication, injections, or surgery. Our effective treatment can resolve your tendonitis injury in as few as three visits, based on patient-reported outcomes. In most cases, you can continue your normal level of activity for the duration of your treatment. You’ll also receive individualized at-home exercises you can use to further speed recovery and prevent future injuries.
If pain or an injury is keeping you sidelined, schedule an appointment with Airrosti, and get back to living life pain free.