One of the most common injuries, especially in runners, is Achilles tendinitis. This is a strain to the large tendon that connects the two major muscles in the calf to the heel bone at the back of the ankle. When stressed, which is usually due to overuse or working the area of the leg too hard, the tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. Over time the tendon can be covered with scar tissue. This can cause the tendon to become less flexible and tear or rupture under further stress.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis
Several symptoms might be felt due to Achilles tendinitis, including a sharp pain in the back of the leg which is primarily near the heel. There could also be a burning sensation that may or may not be accompanied by redness in the area. In more severe cases, when scar tissue has grown over the tendon, nodules or lumps can be felt on the tendon through the skin. There may be a cracking sound when moving the ankle, which could be the result of scar tissue rubbing on the tendon.
Treatment of Achilles Tendinitis
Homeopathy is a natural and effective non-toxic treatment pathway that uses the body’s injury as a sign of how to treat it. In the case of Achilles tendonitis homeopathy, massage, physiotherapy, or chiropractic are all treatments that can be very beneficial in stimulating the body’s inherent healing abilities.
An important part of treatment is stimulating blood flow to the Achilles tendon, which is an area of the body that typically, has limited blood flow. Massage for Achilles tendinitis is an ideal solution, to promote blood flow to the area, which in turn can quicken the body’s natural healing process. Without good blood flow, healing can be limited. Massage can also help the injured area to remain flexible, which is the natural state of the tendon itself so that pain can be managed until the healing process progresses.
The best treatment for Achilles tendinitis is prevention. The ideal way to prevent the injury, as is the case with most injuries, is to strengthen the muscles in the area. By keeping the muscles in the calves and feet strong and active, the tendons will carry less stress to cause the issue.
Regular visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist to stretch the muscles and engage the skeletal structure in the lower leg, ankle and foot can be an excellent preventative to keep from re-injuring the Achilles tendon. Of course, the exercise in moderation to keep the ankle and calf mobile is also an easy and great way to prevent reoccurrence of the injury.
An important part of the exercise is making certain that the muscles are stretched out enough to be ready to handle the strain they will endure to limit injuries. If exercising without the proper stretching techniques or enough warm-up of the muscles, the risk of injury increases and particularly when running, the Achilles tendons can be pushed too hard and too quickly resulting in further strain and injury.
At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists we are fully equipped and knowledgeable about diagnosing, treating, and preventing Achilles tendonitis and we can help answer questions no matter how minor, or major your injury might be.