How to Treat Your Achilles Pain
A common problem we see here at Elevate Physiotherapy is people suffering from Achilles pain, around the area of your heel, after intense on feet exercises such as running. This is often due to an injury known as Achilles tendinopathy.
What Is Achilles tendinoapthy?
Achilles tendinopathy is a general term to describe Achilles pain and dysfunction. The Achilles tendon is the biggest and strongest tendon in our body which connects our 2 calf muscles, the soleus and gastrocnemius, to our heel bone. There are two common areas where Achilles tendinopathy presents itself, where the tendon attaches to the bone or the middle of the tendon above. The importance of the tendon to transfer force from our muscles to the foot is second to none and thus, it is important to seek treatment for it.
Common Symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy
There are a few common symptoms we see when it comes to Achilles tendinopathy. These are a few listed below:
– Pain when squeezing the heel
– Pain when walking/running
– Swollen heel
– Loss in strength of ankle
What Can I Do To Manage Achilles Tendinopathy?
With the immediate onset of Achilles pain, we recommend that you temporarily stop putting weight on the affected heel pain. To help with the pain, you can also wear shoes with a higher heel to prevent your tendon from overstretching.
Here at Elevate360, we treat many patients with heel pain with shockwave therapy as part of our treatment. It has shown to be effective and helps patient recover faster from their heel pain. On top of that, we will give certain exercises to help with the pain and get you back on your feet as fast as possible. An exercise to try would be a calf raise with your knee straight and bent. This is important as we would want to strengthen the 2 calf muscles you have.
If you have any more questions about heel pain or unsure about your heel pain, feel free to contact us.
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