What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis affects the large tendon that attaches to the heel bone of the foot. This tendon can become inflamed and tender to touch if overused, as in activities that involve running and jumping, or any intense exercise. It can also develop if the arches of the foot have become reduced in height (flat foot). Symptoms may be felt whilst exercising but is more common to feel the pain the morning after exercise.
How Can Shockwave Therapy Resolve Achilles Tendonitis?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery and steroid injections. An applicator is freely moved over the area of pain, emitting radial shockwaves (radial pressure waves) into the tissues. The association between pain, muscle tone and vascular tone is broken, allowing natural movement patterns to be remembered and returned.
Read more on our Shockwave Therapy page.
How Can Orthotics Resolve Achilles Tendonitis?
Our prescription Orthotics will support the arches of the feet and by doing so allow the Achilles tendon to travel freely and not rub on its protective sheath, causing friction and inflammation. They may also include a slight heel lift to remove some of the tension on the Achilles tendon. This will allow the tendon to heal itself and prevent the inflammation from reoccurring.
Lesley Vaughan, Kingston-upon-Thames
Will Pain Relieving Drugs Help With My Achilles Tendonitis?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetomol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your Achilles Tendonitis, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use pain killing drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part for your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some pain killing drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.