Achilles Tendinitis

The achilles tendon is a large cord of soft tissue found at the back of the ankle. It connects the muscles of the calf (Gastrocnemius & Soleus) to the heel. 

The achilles tendon frequently becomes injured due to over use, resulting in pain and swelling of the tendon a.k.a achilles tendinitis. There are, however, other factors such as: weakness in the muscles of the hips, flat feet, tension in the muscles calf, and weakening of the tendon that can all cause achilles tendinitis.  In my experience it is not uncommon for patients to present with a combination of these causative factors.

 

Signs of Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon stiffness and pain with the first few steps in the morning
  • Constant achilles tendon stiffness, pain, and swelling
  • A nodule on the achilles tendon
  • Tightness of the calf muscles 
 

Three Types Of Achilles Tendon Pain 
  • Achilles Tendinitis 

    •   Refers to an acute injury of the achilles tendon that has sparked a painful inflammatory reaction of tendon.

  • Achilles Tendinopathy 

    •  Is a chronic or long standing painful condition of the achilles tendon. 

  • Achilles Tendinosis  

    •  Refers to a non-inflammatory degenerative condition of the achilles tendon. 

At Poke Acupuncture we have a very specific and unique achilles tendinitis treatment approach. Therapy begins with a thorough western orthopedic assessment where we test for muscle imbalances in the hips, tension in the posterior chain (muscles on the backside of the body) and investigate the structural integrity of the arches of the feet.

Specific therapies will be chosen depending on your needs and assessment findings. Therapies may include: acupuncture, dry needling, electro- acupuncture, massage therapy, gua sha, cupping therapy, kinesio taping, herbal liniments, and corrective exercises. 

For more information or to book an appointment please contact us.

Ryan Samuels 
Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist 

 

References

Legge, David, Close To The Bone: The treatment of painful musculoskeletal disorders with acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine (Sydney college press, 3rd ed, 2011)

Dutton, Mark, Dutton’s Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation and Intervention (McGraw-Hill Companies, 3rd ed, 2012)

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