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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 their heavy use of their calf muscles.

 

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

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

 

Acute phase (Takes more 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 (Takes more than 3 months)

Orthotic devices are required. They are custom-made by your podiatrist after a thorough assessment and laser scan. 

NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory drug not composed of steroids) can be used to reduce inflammation, such as naproxen and ibuprofen.

It is also appropriate to do some courses of Regenerative Medicine Therapy (usually not more than three) to enter a healing phase. 

Before attempting any treatment, check with your podiatrist first to assess and provide advice.