What Is Achilles Pain?
The Achilles tendon takes on a great load of pressure when we walk, run, and go about our daily lives. Unfortunately, this means it is susceptible to injury if not properly protected and cared for. Inflammation and damage to the Achilles tendon (such as Achilles Tendinitis) can cause debilitating pain. This tendon is the largest in the human body, and connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, making it vital for movement and active living.
Suffering from Achilles pain is more than just uncomfortable to handle. Serious injury and damage to the Achilles tendon can drastically impact your lifestyle and potentially immobilise you should things progress. That’s why visiting an experienced podiatrist early on in your condition is absolutely essential for your health.
Achilles Tendinitis, Tendinosis, and Rupture
Many patients who come to us with Achilles pain will have a variety of different experiences with their pain, as detailed above. Despite there being several different potential causes of these pains, all different types of pain can be brought back to stress, damage, or overexertion of the Achilles tendon.
Some of the most common types of Achilles pain we encounter include:
- Achilles tendinitis (inflammation and irritation of the tendon)
- Achilles tendinosis (degeneration of the tendon due to unresolved damage)
- Achilles tendon rupture (a break or tear in the tendon)
Symptoms Of Achilles Pain
Patients experiencing Achilles pain will often describe one of two things: pain in the back of the heel that comes in sharp and sudden, or pain that develops gradually over time. When there’s no specific injury causing the development of pain, it’s normal to find that the pain and swelling will gradually increase over time. Pain is typically presented at the back of the heel, and it’s common for discomfort to initially only be noted after physical activity and become more constant over time.
Activities such as running, jumping, playing sports, and working out are likely to exacerbate pain. Many patients will mention increased pain and discomfort when flexing and moving their foot and will likewise report a tenderness directly over the back of their Achilles tendon. Overall, even the smallest of pains should not be ignored – treatment is the only way to ensure the injury does not worsen or become longstanding.
Podiatry Treatment For Achilles Pain
At Midland Podiatry, we aren’t here to simply alleviate your pain. We work closely with you to get a full picture of your Achilles condition, and your lifestyle demands, developing an understanding of the cause of pain. We will then address the causative factors, alleviating your discomfort whilst decreasing the chances of it recurring in the future. We’re here to find a treatment that suits your needs entirely whilst also improving your health and setting you up for a long, active future free from pain. Some of the treatments our team can provide include:
- Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT)
- Dry needling
- Shockwave therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercise programs
- Changes in lifestyle (footwear, exercise routines, daily care, etc)
Frequently Asked Questions About Achilles Pain
How can I protect my Achilles tendon from damage?
Listen to your body and know your limits. Taking care to avoid overexerting yourself when stretching, exercising, and playing sports is the clearest way to avoid injury or repetitive strain. Likewise, it is vital that you wear appropriate, supportive footwear for any activity you take part in.
Will I need to stop playing sports to treat my Achilles pain?
Your podiatrist will be able to make specific recommendations for your treatment once they’ve met you and assessed your overall condition. For more severe injuries, taking a break from regular sports and activity may be required. For others, though, your podiatrist may simply recommend reducing or modifying your activity levels for a period of time.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If something feels wrong, you should get it checked out. Simple as that! If you’re concerned about any pain, swelling, or discomfort in the back of your heel, then getting assessed is the safest option. You never want to assume something will go away on its own, as further damage may happen.
Why Choose Midland Podiatry?
Experienced Team of Podiatrists
When it comes to healthcare of any kind, you want to know you’ve chosen the best provider possible. With over 30 of combined experience, you can trust that your care is safe in the hands of our incredible Midland Podiatry team.
We take pride in offering unmatched service to our beloved local regions. Over our years working with the Midland area, we’ve been bringing top-quality care to all of Perth’s Eastern Suburbs.
When you come to Midland Podiatry, you will be able to feel the level of sincere care every team member pours into our patients. Treatment with our team is delivered with empathy and compassion every step of the way, maintaining the patient as our top priority at all times.
Book Your Podiatry Appointment Today
You deserve so much better than to live your life with Achilles pain. It doesn’t matter how painful or debilitating your experience is – we want to help get you back on your feet and live life to the fullest. Contact the Midland Podiatry team today to book your first appointment, and we’ll work on diagnosing and treating your condition. Book yourself in today, and stop tolerating your Achilles pain.