Insertional Achilles Tendonitis Taping in Garden City, MI
Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among athletes, particularly runners. When excessive strain is put on the achilles tendon at the heel, it damages the tendon causing swelling, pain, and temporary loss of use.
When this damage occurs at the base of the foot, where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel, it is called insertional Achilles tendonitis. Roughly 60% of those with this type of tendonitis do not find the complete level of healing compared to those with other types of Achilles tendonitis.
How Do I Know If I Have Insertional Achilles Tendonitis?
Patients with insertional Achilles tendonitis tend to have gradual symptoms—though it can be acute at times.
Initially, you might notice pain or swelling after heavy activity. However, rather than improving with time the pain will become more constant.
You may be able to feel bone in the area rather than the softer ligaments and tissue, and range of motion can be limited.
Only a doctor can determine if you have insertional Achilles tendonitis. X-rays or an MRI will show damage, calcification, or deformities such as the Haglund’s deformity, which makes a person more prone to this type of injury.
How Can I Treat My Insertional Achilles Tendonitis?
While pain medications and surgery are options for tendonitis, other more natural treatments are often effective.
Gentle stretching and exercises under the guidance of a doctor or physical therapist can help. These methods promote blood flow to the area which aids the healing process.
Taping for insertional Achilles tendonitis can also be effective. This treatment method provides stability for the affected area, promotes blood flow, and aids in overall healing. It can improve the chances of complete healing by protecting the injury and preventing re-injury. The chiropractors at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists are dedicated to helping those with insertional Achilles tendonitis.