The Achilles tendon is a large cord of soft tissue found at the back of the ankle that connects the calf muscles to the heel. The achilles frequently becomes injured and overused, resulting in pain. There are, however, other factors such as: flat feet, tension in the muscles of the back of the legs (hamstring and calf muscles), and weakening of the tendon that can all cause achilles pain. In our experience, it is very common for patients to present with a combination of these causative factors.
When the achilles tendon becomes injured the individual will often experience stiffness, pain, swelling and/or a lump on the achilles. In the beginning stages the achilles may just be stiff and painful with the first few steps in the morning, but if left untreated it may become stiff and painful all the time. It is at this later stage that we usually get patients suffering from achilles tendon pain come limping into the clinic asking if acupuncture can get rid of the pain.
Pain in the achilles tendon can go by a few different names. The three most common being Achilles Tendinitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and Achilles Tendinosis.
Our treatment approach to pain in the achilles tendon is typically three fold.
Acupuncture to help release muscle tension in the calf and hamstring, and help clear inflammation and promote healing in the achilles.
Soft tissue massage to break up scar tissue in the tendon.
Corrective exercises and stretches to assist in proper foot mechanics and tendon recovery.
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