Achilles Pain Treatment Sioux City
Achilles pain is most commonly due to tendonitis from excessive activity. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the calcaneus bone and is involved with plantar flexion. Walking, jumping, and running place stress on the tendon and are common causes of tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis often starts as stiffness and dull pain in the tendon. A small bump often develops and produces sharp pain. The pain fluctuates with activity and exercise. The pain often occurs slowly over time, without any specific incident causing the injury. The pain is localized to the heel or tendon and usually does not radiate into the foot or calf. When it is aggravated, it creates severe, sharp pain when running or walking.
Achilles tendonitis is commonly associated with other foot and ankle injuries, including posterior tibialis tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, metatarsalgia, turf toe, shin splints, knee pain, and IT Band Syndrome.
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis
Increasing running, jumping, or walking activities places increased demand and stress on the tendon, often resulting in an injury. It is very common in sprinting and jumping sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and tennis. Runners often develop it after increasing their mileage or running more hills.
Treatment of Achilles Pain
Achilles pain can be effectively treated with the Graston Technique, which decreases scar tissue formation and increases cellular repair in tendons and ligaments. This treatment, when combined with vibration and proprioception therapy, enhances collagen repair. Active treatments can help decrease pain and inflammation. Active treatments include electric, heat, ice, stretching, exercise, ultrasound, cold laser, the Graston Technique, ART, ASTYM, massage therapy, and manual therapy. More information on Achilles pain treatment can be found on our treatment page.
Treatments may include:
- Ice therapy
- Electric therapy
- Proprioceptive therapy
- Stretching of the calves and hamstrings
- Modification of activities and training schedule
- The Graston Technique