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How to Manage Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy (sometimes called Achilles Tendonitis) is an ailment characterised by either inflammation or degeneration of the Achilles tendon (that which runs from your calf to your heel).

Symptoms include aching and pain at the back of the heel, difficulty walking and running, swelling and discomfort in footwear.

Achilles Tendinopathy is usually the result of overuse, especially in cases of a sudden increase in training load, however is often associated with:

• Tightness of the calves and hamstrings
• Excessively pronated (flat) feet
• Incorrect running technique and training errors
• Weakness and tightness further up the chain – for example, the gluteals

Blood flow to the Achilles tendon is poor and subsequently, this condition can take copious amounts of time to resolve – if at all – if not managed correctly, and has the potential to rupture, in which case surgery is the only management.

Shock-Wave Therapy has been demonstrated to be very effective in the management of Achilles Tendinopathy as this treatment modality increases local blood-flow to the affected area to speed-up the healing process.

In conjunction with Shock-Wave Therapy, the passionate podiatrists at Central Podiatry – Morisset, Adamstown and Kanwal – are experts in the provision or tailored management programs, involving muscle conditioning, massage, taping, orthoses and footwear recommendations.

Don’t live with unnecessary pain. Contact Central Podiatry today – 49705447.

Holly Khan
Holly Khan
Holly Khan is the principle senior podiatrist at Central Podiatry. As a passionate and competitive triathlete she has focused her skills on becoming a specialist in musculoskeletal sport injuries of the lower half of the body. Holly has thrived on freeing people of pain since commencing her podiatry profession in 2008 and is dedicated to continuing to improve her skills to gain top treatment results.

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