You use your Achilles tendon every time you walk, jump, or run - essentially any time you move your legs to get from Point A to Point B. You've probably never thought about your Achilles tendon much - it was simply another part of your body that helped you move around. But if you've ever experienced Achilles tendinitis, chances are you've spent a lot of time in pain and searching for information on Achilles tendinitis treatment.
Achilles tendinitis happens when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot. You may experience pain in the heel and along the back of your foot and leg when walking or running, or even when simply flexing your foot. The area may be painful to the touch and feel warm. There can be many causes of Achilles tendinitis, but the most common is from overuse of the foot. Sudden increase in activity, running on hard surfaces too frequently, wearing improper shoes or suddenly changing your foot's range of motion can all result in Achilles tendinitis.
In many cases, we can easily diagnose Achilles tendinitis with a physical exam and check for tenderness and pain near and around the tendon. Many people fear that Achilles tendinitis treatment will require invasive surgery and long recovery times. For someone training for a marathon or involved in competitive sports this type of injury can be disheartening.
Fortunately, there is a solution that doesn't involve invasive procedures. Chiropractic manual therapy is an ideal Achilles tendinitis treatment. This type of therapy works to decrease pain while improving flexibility and strengthening the tendon gradually. During the treatment we will show you exercises and stretches that you can continue to do at home that will increase your range of motion and prevent future injury. As with any injury, recovery times for Achilles tendinitis can vary, but you can start to see results within a few treatments depending on the extent of the injury.