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Addressing Chronic Achilles Tendonitis Naturally With Physiotherapy & More

heel-pain-while-walking-sq-300Chronic Achilles tendonitis can be a drawn-out ailment, with pain enduring for periods of three months or more. Understanding the reasons behind it and adopting adequate care and preventative measures can aid in diminishing discomfort and improving your quality of life.

The Risk Factors and Causes

Frequently, Achilles tendonitis originates from repetitive pressure or overuse, but the root causes can be multifaceted. Factors such as limited mobility in various body parts, fascial rigidity, and poor biomechanics can play a significant role. These factors underscore the need for a comprehensive evaluation by a highly skilled and experienced physiotherapist like Stephen Hooper. He will ensure that a comprehensive functional risk assessment is conducted to prevent re-injury once you no longer have discomfort.

Identifying the Symptoms and Path to Diagnosis

The expression ‘Achilles tendonitis’ is often used to generalise pain in the Achilles area; however, the actual source of pain can vary. It could be the tendon, its protective layer, surrounding fluid-filled sacs (bursa), or even pain referred from neighbouring joints or muscles. An in-depth evaluation is paramount. For persistent cases, cutting-edge imaging techniques may be necessary to identify the precise problem.

How We Address Achilles Tendonitis

While physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in recovery, addressing lifestyle factors is equally crucial. It’s essential to stop all offending activities that are not required to complete your normal daily activities and live life. You can also make significant lifestyle changes, such as eliminating inflammatory foods, stopping the consumption of alcohol and coffee, improving sleep quality, and reducing stress levels. All of these can dramatically aid healing.

Here’s a brief outline of lifestyle adjustments to consider:

  • Eliminate processed foods and focus on a clean diet.
  • Increase water intake and ensure it’s of high quality.
  • Engage in stress-reducing activities and ensure ample rest.

In addition to lifestyle changes, physiotherapy can offer various modalities, including fascial work, acupuncture, dry needling, taping, orthotics, ultrasound and more. All therapies will be tailored to address the specific needs of your body.

Prevention and Self-Care

Understanding the common mistakes and myths surrounding Achilles tendonitis is vital. Avoiding training through pain, recognising the limits of certain medications, and not over-relying on icing or stretching are key points to remember.

In terms of self-care, modifying training, choosing the right footwear, and addressing lifestyle factors are essential steps. Engaging in mobility and stability exercises tailored to your body’s needs can prevent issues and enhance recovery. These exercises should be based firmly on clinical and functional-based assessment.

Get on the Healing Path Today

Don’t let chronic Achilles tendonitis define your movement. Take the first step towards relief by booking a consultation with Steve today. Your path to recovery and optimal health awaits!

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