Achilles Tendonitis

What is Tendonitis?

TendonitisThe Achilles tendon runs up the back of your heel into your ankle. Pain or stiffness felt here first thing in the morning or after activity is probably tendonitis. You may also feel a swelling above your heel. Pain can be elicited by standing on tip toes (otherwise known as plantar-flexing the foot).

What Causes Tendonitis?

  • Tendonitis often occurs if you are increasing your level of training or if you have changed the surface on which you are training.

Treatments

  • Laser therapy is particularly effective in the early stages of inflammation of the Achilles tendon and it’s sheath when used in isolation. Treatment involves the lower calf muscle area plus any tender trigger points being lasered every other day for a couple of weeks. Read more about laser therapy.
  • Acupuncture – the Achilles tendon muscle is in use continually, and the excess burden causes the inflammation of your foot. Acupuncture is used as a treatment for your calf muscles to ease the tension on the Achilles tendon and thus alleviate the pain and inflammation in your foot. Read more about acupuncture.