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Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Inflammation in the Achilles Tendon, or the largest tendon in the body which gets the least oxygen, is called Achilles Tendonitis.
The tendency for reduced blood supply to the Achilles tendon makes it prone to injury, especially in jumping or sprinting activities. Ballerinas, basketball players, football players, AFL players are often victims of this, due to the heavy use of their calf muscles.

 

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

While not always requiring surgery, the tendon is slow to heal, often taking a number of months. Different treatment phases are:

Acute phase (symptoms lasting less than 3 months)
Limiting physical activity and taking proper rest is the first step in treatment, so the symptoms are not aggravated. This should be done until the swelling phase has passed, so there is less pressure on the tendon. Exercises to engage calf muscles and using proper support for the shoes is important.

Chronic phase (symptoms lasting more than 3 months)
After a careful imaging examination, we determine the best solution to get you back to your normal physical activities.

Orthotic devices may be necessary to stabilise and prevent further injuries.
NSAIDS (an anti-inflammatory drug not composed of steroids) can be used to reduce inflammation, such as naproxen and ibuprofen.
Depending on the condition, some courses of growth factor therapy or Dr Lyftogt procedure can be utilised to promote healing.

Usually this course takes an average of three weeks to complete.
Before attempting any treatment, check with your podiatrist first to assess and provide advice.