• Achilles Tendinitis
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

Does your foot or ankle hurt? Is the pain restricting your movement and compelling you to give up on your favorite activities? Have you tried all means of treating your foot pain, but have not been able to get any relief? Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), the all-natural alternative to pain relief, may be the answer for you.

Studies have shown:

  • A significant clinical improvement is seen in stiffness, soreness and swelling in patients suffering from Achilles tendinitis after OMT treatment.

The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body, joining the calf muscles with the heel bone. It appears as a band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of this tendon.

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Constant overuse or repetitive activities can cause Achilles tendonitis. These activities exert excessive stress on the tendon and damage or injure the tendon, resulting in pain.

People involved in activities like sports and exercises are more prone to develop Achilles tendonitis. It is also commonly seen in people whose occupation requires long periods of standing.

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Symptoms related to Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Swelling
  • Mild or severe pain that worsens with activity
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased movements of the ankle
  • Difficulty in walking or standing
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Diagnosis is based on the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination of the foot and ankle to assess the movements and condition of the tendon
  • Perhaps radiological investigations like foot or ankle X-rays or MRI
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Treatment options depend on the duration and extent of injury to the tendon:

  • Adequate rest and restricting activities that cause pain and stress
  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Applying ice bags over a towel on the affected area for about 15-20 minutes to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)
  • Physical therapy
  • Occasionally immobilization with a cast, splint, brace, walking boot or other device to prevent movements of the leg and assist in faster healing of the tendon
  • Surgery is indicated only in severe cases and depends on the age and level of activity of the individual, extent of damage to the tendon, and other factors.
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Osteopath treatment for Achillies Tendinitus

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  • You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t
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A board certified physician has completed an additional training program in a specialty and has passed a rigorous exam to assess his or her knowledge, skills and experience to provide quality patient care in that specialty.

In my case, I am licensed to practice medicine in Texas, and I have two board certifications. The first one is Family Medicine and the second one is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

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