What Is Achilles Tendinopathy | Myotherapy For Achilles Tendinopathy Treatment
Achilles tendinopathy is generally caused by overusing the lower leg and Achilles region. As it begins minor cell changes occur increasing cell numbers and size. As the condition progresses cell disruption and disorganisation occurs and there is an increase in blood vessels and nerve sensitivity in the area. In the early stages achilles tendinopathy is relatively easy to treat and manage, however as the injury progresses some of the changes and damage become much harder to deal with.
The Symptoms | Myotherapy For Achilles Tendinopathy Treatment
Clients often experience a gradual onset of pain and dysfunction directly on the back of the heel where the calf muscles attach to the bone. This pain and stiffness is worse in the morning and at the start of exercise, and may disappear as you warm up. People can also be aware that the area is swollen and tender. The pain can range from a minor inconvenience, to severe pain, even with walking.
Some Management techniques
- If there are any aggravating activities outside normal day to day life take some time off
- Ice or heat (as directed by your myotherapist)
- Low level laser or dry needling can manage pain and swelling
- Stretching and strengthening
- Remedial massage
- Bracing or taping to unload the muscle and tendon
Other things that may be used if the condition does not settle are:
- Corticosteroid injection
- Blood injections / PRP
How Can Myotherapy Help?
Achilles tendinopathies often do not get better on their own. Achilles tendinopathies will feel better with rest, however the moment any aggravating activities are resumed the often return. Some people think if they continue pushing through with their activities can strengthen the area but often this will progress the condition.
Myotherapy is used to address any muscular issues that could be causing the symptom, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing to restore the muscle and tendon.
After treatment our myotherapists will provide you with targeted strengthening to allow the tendon to handle loading.
We will help you address any factors that lead to the injury and help you reduce the risk of the injury recurring.
Some things that we may address include:
- Restricted muscles
- Abnormal gait
- Restricted range in the ankle joints
- Weakness (from lower back to feet)
- Training incorrectly
- Poor footwear
We will also give you advice as to when you can return to your normal activities. It is crucial to get back to your normal life as soon as possible as you can lose strength, and that can set you back months.
If you would like to speak with one of our therapists about your issue feel free to give us a call:
Myotherapy For Achilles Tendinopathy
03 9645 9923