Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis Relief in Burke, VA

Achilles Tendonitis 

Achilles Tendonitis Pain Relief in Burke, VAWe use the term tendonitis, which means inflammation of the tendon, to refer to these chronic tendon problems. Doctors now know that the tendon does not always become inflamed when it is injured. Other changes in the tendon can cause tendon pain. However, tendonitis is still the most commonly used term.

Chronic, or long-term, tendon problems are common. Tendon problems are especially common in people who play certain types of sports. Tendon problems account for almost 30 percent of all running injuries and 40 percent of all tennis injuries.

Tendons connect muscle to bone. A tendon is made of material called collagen.  Collagen is a key building block of the body. Collagen is considered a connective tissue because it forms tough strands that are like the strands of a nylon rope. Like the strands in a rope, the strands of collagen line up. The more strands, and the better they line up, the stronger they are. The tendon is wrapped in a thin, slippery covering called the tendon sheath. The tendon sheath allows the tendon to slide easily against the tissues around it.

The tendon sheath, the tissues of the tendon, and the attachment to the bone can all become injured in the achilles tendon. found in the lower leg. Damaged Achilles tendons carry a higher risk of rupturing because of the weight they bear while standing and walking.

 

Cause of Achilles Tendonitis

Repetitive stress on the tendon is the most common cause. The tendon can be injured by the repetitive pounding of running and jumping, or by the stress caused by lifting heavy loads over and over again. Tendonitis usually builds up over weeks or months.

If the tendon is too damaged, or if it doesn’t get time to heal, the problem becomes chronic (long-lasting). In general, the heavier the load or the more often the stress is repeated, the more likely you are to develop tendonitis.

Too much stress on the tendons can be made worse by other factors. Lack of flexibility or weakness in your muscles can make tendonitis more likely. Shoes that don’t fit right, poor equipment, or incorrect technique can also increase your risk of tendon injury. Don’t underestimate the benefit of upgrading your equipment. The improved design of athletic shoes over the past few decades seems to have decreased tendon injuries.

Aging seems to cause tendon damage in some cases. As we age, the tissues of the tendon can break down, or degenerate. Age-related tendon problems do not seem to cause inflammation. The tendon material itself is more affected in these conditions and some surgeon’s refer to this type of tendon problem as tendonosis.

Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Tendonitis causes pain. This is the primary symptom of tendonitis and tendonosis. The affected tendons are sometimes swollen. In some cases this swelling occurs from actual thickening of the tendon itself. In other cases the swelling comes from thickening or swelling of the tendon sheath. Tendon problems often cause pain after resting, such as when you first get up in the morning. This pain usually goes away within minutes, or even seconds.

The pain or swelling in your tendon may make your joint hard to move. Some types of tendon problems cause crepitus, a crackling feeling when the joint moves.

Treatment of Achilles Tendonitis:

At NOVA Chiropractic & Wellness Center we use a multi-disciplinary approach to treating achilles tendonitis.  We combine Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique to loosen up the muscle tightness and break up the scar tissue formed during the injury.  We combine those technqiues with Kinesio-taping if needed to provide the correct support for the achilles tendon allowing it to heal properly.  Dr. Sullivan will also provide you with stretches and exercises to prevent the achilles tendon from further injury.

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