Are you a “Weekend Warrior”? How to treat Achilles Tendinitis.

Achilles tendinitis is an ailment that can afflict a wide range of people with the common complaint of pain at the back of the heel.  It can be a seasoned runner logging a bunch of miles, or one that just made a misstep.  It can be a weekend warrior that participates in recreational sports with friends, or it can be someone wearing shoes with poor heel support or ankle support. It is usually caused by repetitive stress, but there are many aggravating factors.

It is important that if you heard or felt a “pop,” or think there may be a tear, seek help immediately.  If left untreated, ruptures of the tendon can occur.

I personally have two family members that suffered Achilles tendon ruptures.  My uncle Aaron, very healthy suffered a rupture in his mid-thirties and his daughter, Amanda while playing soccer had a complete rupture.  They both had subsequent deep venous thrombosis (DVT’s or blood clots in their legs) after the rupture.

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the bone in the heel of your foot.  Inflammation in this area can cause a lot of
pain, and hinder your lifestyle. There are many ways to treat this condition, including:

  • Rest and Ice
  • Stretching and Physical Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Better shoes, Orthotics and/or heel lifts
  • Injections
  • Shockwave therapy

Achilles tendinitis can be easily treated conservatively if evaulated as soon as possible.  Receiving the proper treatment is critical to getting back to your normal activities.

Please call our office for a complete evaluation.  Many times overpronation or biomechanical issues can be an important factor and quickly and easily addressed.  Call Kelly today at (859) 264-1141 to get back on track.

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