Achilles tendinopathy rehabilitation and treatment at Vitalis Physiotherapy is designed to:
What is Achilles Tendinopathy?
Achilles tendinopathy is a condition which affects the Achilles tendon that serves to enable proper bending of the foot downwards at the ankle. When injured, it causes pain, swelling and stiffness, preventing you from walking properly. It is usually diagnosed with professional and recreational athletes as they tend to overuse the Achilles tendon.
What are the causes?
There can be several causes behind Achilles tendinopathy. First off, it is quite common among runners and dancers, who tend to overuse the Achilles tendon. Secondly, improper exercise footwear in combination with poor training technique, can contribute to developing problems. Last, it can occur if you suddenly change your training program and increase the intensity of exercises.
At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we have had patients undergo Achilles tendinopathy treatment which resulted from a certain type of arthritis. Unfortunately, genetics plays a huge role and it is quite possible to develop the condition even if you are not doing sports professionally.
What are the symptoms?
If you have Achilles tendinopathy, you are most likely to experience a mild ache at first, at the back of the leg or above the heel. The discomfort usually happens after running or stair climbing, as well as stiffness and tenderness in the morning with your first steps or after rest.
- Sharp, poking pain close to the heel
- Pain along the back of the lower leg
- Mild swelling and redness of the tendon
- Pain in the heel during and after running
- The appearance of a lump along the tendon
- Pain with first step of morning or after rest
Do I need treatment?
If the pain persists and becomes chronic, patients should turn to a professional to get an adequate Achilles tendinopathy exercises program. Left untreated, you run the risk of rupturing the Achilles tendon. Furthermore, if you ignore the problem with one Achilles tendon, you might eventually develop a problem with the other one.
Can I prevent Achilles Tendinopathy?
It is possible to minimise the chances of developing Achilles tendinopathy by going about your exercise regiment smart. First, you will need proper footwear. Next, it is essential to develop an exercise plan which will help you build your strength and stamina gradually and not surprise your body with movements it cannot bear.
At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we help patients devise the best exercise plan as a part of our treatment for chronic Achilles tendinopathy. We assess your physical state and show you the starter exercises which you need to master before moving up to the next level. Our professionals will shows you specific Achilles tendon exercises to speed up your recovery.
We personalise our approach to meet your requirements and help you diagnose, treat and prevent Achilles tendinopathy successfully.
How to book an appointment?
If you think you have Achilles tendinopathy, or are looking for a physiotherapist near me, the team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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