Achilles Tendonitis - What You Need To Know
The Achilles Tendon
The Achilles tendon is a tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). It is the largest and strongest tendon in the body.
When the calf muscles flex, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel. This movement allows us to stand on our toes when walking, running, or jumping. Despite its strength, the Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injury, due to its limited blood supply and the high tensions placed on it.
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Achilles tendonitis, which occurs when the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed, is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. This type of injury may be slow to heal.
The pain associated with Achilles tendonitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more-severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting. You might also experience tenderness, stiffness, or a limited range of motion when you flex your foot, especially in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity.
- Using incorrect or worn out shoes when running or exercising
- Not warming up properly before exercise
- Increasing intensity of exercise too quickly, for example, running speed or distance covered
- Prematurely introducing hill running or stair climbing to an exercise routine
- Running on hard or uneven surfaces
- The calf muscle is injured or has little flexibility, putting more strain on the Achilles tendon
- Sudden intense physical activity such as sprinting for the finish line
How can Claudia help?
The fastest way to improve the condition is a combination of PRP injections and complex homeopathic remedies, to reduce inflammation. PRP is injected in the affected area once, and possibly again after 4 weeks.
To further enhance healing and strengthening of the Achilles tendon, oral remedies and a couple of sessions of manipulative work, in the form of massage or acupuncture, could be used between PRP sessions.