Does Achilles tendon pain have you limping on the sidelines? You are certainly not alone!
Achilles tendinitis and Achilles tendinosis, are very common overuse injuries of the Achilles tendon that we want you to know more about.
Achilles tendonitis occurs in about 10 percent of runners, but this condition also occurs commonly in dancers, gymnasts, jumpers, and tennis players. Road running produces forces up to eight times the body's weight, placing significant repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon for prolonged periods. While Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs, it's also common in middle-aged weekend warriors who play sports occasionally, but with great effort, such as tennis, softball, or basketball.
Tendonitis in athletes is usually caused or aggravated by training errors such as incorrect running technique or wearing improperly fitting shoes; however, it is also related to overpronation (arch collapsing) of the foot and myofascial tightening of the gastrocnemius-soleus (calf muscle) complex. Achilles tendonitis is also common when persons first take up athletic activities.
The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the human body. It is the band of dense connective tissue that joins from calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone. This amazing tissue endures strain and risks rupture from running, jumping, and sudden acceleration or deceleration. Because most Achilles tendon injuries take place in sports and there has been a general increase in popularity of sporting activities, the number and incidence of the Achilles tendon overuse injuries and complete, spontaneous ruptures has increased during the last decades.
Treatment methods for Achilles tendon pain vary among doctors and therapists, and include rest, immobilization, cryotherapy, NSAID medication, taping, manual therapy, stretching and more. Certified Sports Chiropractors are uniquely suited to evaluate and treat Achilles Tendonitis.
Sports Chiropractic Specialist, Dr Jonathan Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana demonstrates cutting edge treatment to help resolve Achilles Tendonitis quickly and completely.