Achilles Tendinitis in Garden City, MI
The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that runs down the back of the leg from the calf to the heel and is used in virtually every movement of the leg, from walking to running to dancing.
The warrior Achilles was a hero in Greek mythology. According to legend, Achilles’ mother held him by the ankle and dipped him in the river Styx to make him invincible, but his ankle – covered by his mother’s hand – remained vulnerable to harm.
Achilles tendinitis is commonly caused by irritation or inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the tendon, and about 90% of cases are caused by sports or exercise overuse – for example if a runner suddenly increases the duration and intensity of his or her run.
Symptoms of Achilles tendinitis range from a mild to severe ache in the back of the calf or above the heel during or after running or other activities. The Achilles tendon can be swollen and painful to the touch. Tenderness or stiffness is often more prevalent in the morning and sometimes improves with mild activity. More severe pain can occur after prolonged activity, such as sprinting.
The presence of bone spurs is another indication of Achilles tendinitis. Symptoms are often aggravated by wearing constrictive shoes.
Non-insertional Achilles tendinitis is the degeneration of fibers and affects athletes and younger, active people. It affects the middle of the tendon. Insertional Achilles tendinitis occurs in the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. This type of tendinitis can affect both sedentary and active people.
Achilles tendinitis responds well to chiropractic treatment. Because the Achilles tendon has a poor blood supply, the tissues repair more slowly. Chiropractic treatment can include helping improve the movement patterns of the foot, leg, and ankle, improving blood circulation to the tendon and helping the body achieve balance. Lengthening the calf muscles through exercise is also beneficial. It’s your life, live it in health, call us today for an appointment.