Achilles Tendinitis & Tendinopathy

achilles tendon problems inflammation tendonitisHeel pain has a number of possible root causes. Plantar fasciitis is the most common, but heel pain can also be caused by Achilles tendon dysfunction.  Specific conditions include: Achilles Tendon Tendinitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Rupture or Tear of the Achilles, Soleus Muscle Trigger Points or Tibialis Posterior Trigger Points.

Achilles tendon problems are often seen in runners and other athletes, but are also common in women who wear high heels. In basic terms, Achilles tendonitis results from inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the soleus muscle to the heel bone.  Chronic shortening of the calf muscles can lead to pain in the tendon (sometimes severe) that can take months to resolve.

Traditional Western therapies for tendonitis include rest, ice, orthotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. More severe cases may require injections or even surgery. However, none of these modalities is considered entirely effective and occasionally patients will develop chronic, disabling symptoms despite their best efforts.

Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture can be an effective form of treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including Achilles tendinitis and trigger points in the calf muscles (soleus & tibialis posterior).  In this respect, acupuncture provide not only pain relief, but also triggers the body’s innate repair process.  By improving blood flow while reducing inflammation and pain, acupuncture has shown that it is one of the most effective treatment methods for reversing heel pain and Achilles Tendonitis.

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