A condition we ofter see at Melbourne Osteopathic Clinic is Achilles tendonopathy. This is a condition that affects the Achillestendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone (calcaneus).
Treatment plans for Achilles tendonopathy may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. However, some common elements of treatment plans include:
- Rest: Resting the affected area is important to allow the tendon to heal. This may involve avoiding activities that place stress on the Achilles tendon such as running or jumping.
- Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Osteopathy: Osteopathy may involve exercises to improve flexibility and strength in the calf muscles and Achilles tendon.
- Loading: This might seem contradictory but our tendons don’t like being stretched when they are sore (it actually compresses them) the prefer to have some load put through them such as a static calf raise or eccentric hold.
- Orthotics: Wearing orthotics, such as heel lifts or shoe inserts, can help to reduce the stress on the Achilles tendon.
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen may help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Shockwave therapy: It is a newer treatment modality which is used to improve blood flow and healing in the tendon.
It’s important to note that not all treatments are suitable for all individuals, so it’s important to consult an Osteopath to determine the best treatment plan for you based on your specific condition.
And keep in mind that the healing time may vary depending on the person and the severity of the condition, it’s important to be patient and consistent in the treatment plan and rehabilitation process.