Achilles tendonitis injury
Is very common condition among athletes to have pain along the back of the leg near the heel of the foot. The Achilles tendon can withstand great stress from activities such as running, weightlifting, jumping. With the Achilles tendon being the largest tendon and the body its design is to be able to handle full body weight during all of our activities.
Different types of Achilles tendonitis
Just depending where you have the inflammation around the Achilles tendon it is called different names. For example: Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis is describing inflammation in the middle of the tendon. Whereas insertional Achilles tendonitis is describing inflammation in the tendon where it attaches to the bone. Proper diagnosis is very important in all cases to make sure you do not cause further damage while trying to stretch or loosen the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis symptoms
You may have pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning time or pain worsening during activity. You may also notice a thickening of the tendon or bump above the heel of the foot. If you have experienced a sudden “pop” in the back of the right heel, you might have ruptured or torn tendon. See her doctor immediately if you think a torn tendon.
Treatments for Achilles tendonitis
In most cases, nonsurgical treatment options will provide pain relief. Because the tendon doesn’t have as much blood supply as muscle, the healing time for a tendon can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months.
Chiropractic treatments for Achilles tendinitis will include therapeutic ultrasound, soft tissue release around the tendon and surrounding structures, mobilization of the ankle joint, and possibly natural anti-inflammatory injections.
Home therapy would include very light stretching of the tendon after it’s been determined that the tendon has not ruptured. Ice is always a good home therapy option for inflammation.