Achilles Tendonitis (tendinopathy) is a very common ailment predominantly caused by overuse.
- Pain mostly at the base of Achilles tendon just above the calcaneus (heel bone) but can be anywhere along the tendon
- Usually pain is worse first thing in the morning as weight is put through the foot
- Pain can ease during light activity
- Mild irritation to a chronic state if left untreated
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle complex (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel bone (calcaneus). They both create a force that allows the heel to lift off the ground. The calf muscles are very important for movement as they need enough strength to help forward propulsion and enough flexibility to allow for a correct amount of ankle flexion. The Achilles tendon transfers this force and flexibility from and to the muscles.
The Achilles tendon is made up of collagen fibres and does not have a good blood supply. As we age the fibres of the tendon become less force transmitting and less flexible leading to an increase in risk of injury.
Achilles injuries occur one of two ways. Through a response that creates inflammation usually due to movement injuries or micro tears that occur without inflammation (tendonitis) usually due to degeneration of the tendon.
The Heel Clinic treatment is to assess the functional movement (biomechanics) of the feet in the transition from heel strike to propulsion.
If the base cause appears on assessment to be functional, then the Clinic uses an advanced form of Insert to support and stabilise the heel. The Clinic has found that a heel base support instead of arch base control has more control and therefore success in treating the ailment.
An appointment with the Clinics musculoskelatal Podiatrists will provide you with initially a diagnosis and identification of the source of pain: essential for treatment. This appointment incorporates a comprehensive functional load bearing (standing) assessment, measuring joint movements and soft tissue tension. With advanced digital software corrective calcaneal (heel bone) angles in static and motion positions will also be calculated.
From this assessment the source and the treatment options will be determined.
Many patients travel from interstate and rural areas, therefore only one appointment is required to initiate treatment.
Consultation time: 45-60 minutes.
For more information contact us on 1300 855853 or email us at email@example.com 1300 855 853
Steps to your recovery
In order treat your ailment efficiently, one of our consultants will contact you to discuss the history of your ailment.
We'll arrange an appointment for you to come in to the clinic for and assessment.
Full diagnosis and assessment at our Sydney Clinic.