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Attention Runners: Are you treating your Achilles Tendonitis correctly?

October 04, 2018 in Articles, News
Posted by Paul Ellington
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Did you know that Achilles tendon pain is one of the most common complaints among endurance athletes such as runners and triathletes?

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel which allows our bodies to perform a myriad of movements including walking, jumping, and running. Although it is one of the largest and strongest tendons in the body, the Achilles tendon is susceptible to overuse from excess running which could lead to Achilles Tendonitis.

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COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ACHILLES TENDONITIS
  • Pain
  • Swelling/bruising
  • Palpable tenderness
MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ACHILLES TENDONITIS

Recent research studies have shown the most effective treatment of acute Achilles Tendonitis is RICE:

  • R: Rest approximately 2 weeks
  • I: Ice intermittently for 15-20 minutes at a time
  • C: Compression using compression socks or an ACE bandage
  • E: Elevate your leg approximately 45 degrees while icing (15-20 minutes at a time)

Additionally, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification could be the key to healing. Because Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory response, it is crucial to decrease swelling and allow ample time for the tendon to heal.  

BUT WAIT, WHAT IS TENDONOSIS?

When Achilles tendonitis is mistreated it can lead to a more constant pain, particularly with activity, as the tendon can undergo structural changes known as tendonosis. The most common structural change is known as a ‘pump bump’ - a sensitive nodule that develops along the achilles tendon.

MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ACHILLES TENDONOSIS
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Exercise that lengthens the Achilles Tendon (eccentric exercise)
  • Laser therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy

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