Achilles Tendonitis Homeopathy in Garden City, MI
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, and runs down the back of the calf, attaching the calf muscle to the heel. It’s used in virtually every moment of our legs, from walking to running to climbing stairs to dancing.
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
The Achilles can withstand great pressure, but it’s also prone to tendonitis, which usually occurs due to continual strain and overuse. Tendonitis is when the tendon is inflamed, causing pain and swelling. Insertional tendonitis occurs at the bottom of the calf, where the tendon inserts in the heel. Insertional tendonitis can happen to virtually anyone, including people who aren’t active.
Non-insertional tendonitis occurs in the middle of the tendon, where fibers of the tendon have broken down in small tears. This type of tendonitis is most common in young and active people.
What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis can be caused by a sudden increase in activity, such as increasing the distance or speed you run; tight calf muscles, which puts extra strain on the Achilles; or a bone spur, which is a small bone growth that can rub the tendon where it inserts into the heel.
Exercising without a proper warmup can lead to Achilles tendonitis, as well as wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, or wearing high heels for long periods of time. Age is also a factor as the Achilles becomes weaker as we get older.
How to Treat Achilles Tendonitis?
This injury can be treated without invasive surgery. Achilles tendonitis homeopathy includes rest, which is the first step in reducing pain and swelling, switching to lower-impact or cross-training activities such as swimming.
Ice the area to reduce pain and swelling.
Finally, your chiropractor will provide stretches and exercises both to strengthen the tendon and increase its flexibility, which will reduce the inflammation and pain, and prevent further injury.
Some stretches can make the injury worse if done incorrectly, so it’s important to do them under the supervision of your chiropractor. It’s your life, live it in health, call us today for an appointment.