Achilles Tendonitis Treatment Bankstown NSW
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon you have in your body and is the connective link between your calf muscles and the bones in your heel. It helps you to walk, run and jump, making it extremely vital towards your well being and health. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, this means that your tendon has become swollen and painful making it difficult to walk from the frequent pain in your heel.
Causes of Achilles Heel Pain
The main causes of Achilles tendonitis can be attributable to:
- Flat feet
- The wearing of inappropriate and unsupported shoes.
Treatment For Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendon treatment usually consists of ice pack application, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotic therapy and cast wear.
Often it is best to seek treatment for Achilles tendon pain at the first signs of discomfort. Given the importance of the tendon regular activity will likely put additional stress and strain on the tendon which can cause further damage.
Ultimately the best treatment for Achilles tendonitis boils down to the severity of pain and the severity of damage. There are both the non-surgical remedies listed above as well as surgical treatments available, however, surgical treatments should not be considered unless pain does not improve after 6 months of non-surgical treatment.
If you’ve experienced significant pain and are looking for the ideal Achilles tendon treatment for your case then come in and visit us at Bankstown Podiatry Clinic where our experienced podiatrists can help to alleviate your pain and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sore achilles tendon in the morning
Pain and stiffness along the achilles tendon in the morning is a common symptom of achilles tendonitis.
What is the best way to treat a sore achilles tendon?
If your injury is minor to moderate in severity, it should heal on its own. To speed up the healing process, avoid putting weight on your leg as best you can, use crutches if needed. Compress the lower leg and ankle using an elastic bandage to keep down swelling. Prop your leg up when sitting or lying down. Ice your injury for up to 20 minutes at a time if needed. If you visit our podiatrists at Bankstown Podiatry, they will also recommend an insert for your shoe and stretching and strengthening exercises.
What happens if my achilles tendonitis goes untreated?
If left untreated, your achilles tendon may rupture, disconnecting your calf muscle from your foot. This will require more serious treatment like casting or surgery.