Physiotherapy for Achilles Tendonitis

Physiotherapy Achilles Tendonitis downtown Toronto

Physiotherapy for Achilles Tendonitis

Physiotherapy for Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel of the foot. Achilles tendonitis occurs when there is repetitive strain placed on the tendon. This condition is most common among runners, especially those who have suddenly increased the intensity and/or duration of their workouts. People who have tight calf muscles and start an intense exercise program also puts excessive stress on the Achilles tendon, which may lead to Achilles tendonitis.

Risk Factors of Achilles Tendonitis:Physiotherapy Achilles Tendonitis downtown Toronto

As individuals age the Achilles tendon gets weaker, putting them at a greater risk of injuring the tendon. Achilles tendonitis is seen more commonly in men versus women. People who have a flat footed arch are also at a higher risk for developing Achilles Tendonitis because the flat foot puts more strain on the tendon. Athletes who train in worn out running shoes and in cold weather are also at an increased risk of developing Achilles Tendonitis. The type of terrain that individuals train on can also have an impact on the Achilles tendon. For example, those who run on a hilly terrain put more stress on the Achilles tendon and put themselves at a higher risk of suffering from Achilles tendonitis. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, have been shown to increase one’s risk of Achilles tendonitis.

Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:

• Pain around the Achilles tendon that worsens during and after activity
• Thickening of the Achilles tendon
• Pain and stiffness around the tendon in the morning
• Decrease range of motion at the ankle

Physiotherapy Treatment of Achilles Tendonitis:

Physical Therapy is extremely useful in the rehabilitation of Achilles tendonitis.  Physical Therapists will prescribe exercises to help strengthen the calf muscles to reduce the stress placed on the Achilles tendon, while at the same time causing lengthening and strengthening of the Achilles tendon.

In some cases, Physical Therapists or Chiropodists may recommend custom orthotic insoles to be worn so the foot is placed in a proper alignment, putting less stress on the tendon.

Supportive shoes are important for patients to wear, as it can also reduce the stress placed on the tendon.

Another treatment for Achilles tendonitis is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy.   Shockwave Therapy has shown in recent studies to be very effective to help facilitate and speed up recovery.  This treatment consists of high energy shockwaves that are applied directly to the Achilles tendon, which initiates the healing process in the tissue.

For more information on Physiotherapy treatments for Achilles tendonitis or to book an appointment please contact the friendly staff at Ace Physio by calling 416-900-6653 today!

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