The gastrocnemius muscle in the back of your leg is attached to the calcaneus of your foot by the large Achilles Tendon. The tendon is responsible for plantar flexion (pointing down) of the foot which is important for the “toe off” phase of walking.
Inflammation of this tendon, or “tendonitis” is usually caused by repetitive stress or overuse injuries, but can also be caused by direct trauma like an automobile accident.
Common activities that lead to Achilles Tendonitis are running and jumping and it usually manifests itself as pain and swelling in the back of the foot or ankle.
Treatment goals are aimed at reducing swelling and inflammation, strengthening the surrounding muscles and activity modification.
If you have foot or ankle pain or suspect you have Achilles Tendonitis, it is important to be evaluated by a professional immediately.
Our expert doctors will perform a full evaluation to find the source of your pain and refer you for any further studies if needed.
The good news is Montgomery County Chiropractic and Rehabilitation can help! We have successfully treated patients with Patellar Tendonitis through gentle therapeutic procedures.
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How Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can help
Proper evaluation is key to finding the underlying cause of your ankle pain. A few of the clinical signs that often accompany ankle pain are inflammation, muscle/tendon tightness and tenderness, decreased joint mobility, decreased ligament stability and decreased strength.
Once the muscles, tendons and ligaments involved are identified, the initial phase of care will focus on controlling inflammation which will naturally result in decreased pain levels. Cryotherapy, such as heat and ice, or more advanced techniques utilizing a state of the art therapeutic laser, may be used.
The next phase of care involves working to restore proper function to the muscles and joint. This can be done through gentle manual therapy techniques including massage, myofascial release, post isometric relaxation, stretching, and specific joint mobilization procedures which can be done manually or with the Arthrostim joint mobilizing tool.
Once the pain is sufficiently under control we can begin the final and most important phase of strengthening the involved muscles to once again provide joint stability and prevent re-injury in the future. This is done through specific rehabilitative exercises that are adjusted and modified based on your condition and tolerance.
If left untreated, these conditions can lead to chronic pain and even degeneration of the ankle. Early intervention and treatment will allow you to get out of pain faster and lead to better outcomes for your ankle in the future.
If you have, or know someone who has ankle pain from achilles tendonitis, don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule an evaluation today!
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