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Achilles Pain: Navigating the Road to Recovery

How do you treat Achilles pain?

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Achilles pain can stem from various causes, including overuse, improper footwear, or tight calf muscles. Here’s a closer look at effective treatment strategies:

  • Rest and Ice: Give your Achilles tendon the rest it needs and de-load training. Apply ice to reduce inflammation – 15-20 minutes several times a day can be beneficial.
  • Stretching Exercises: Gentle calf stretches can alleviate tension on the Achilles tendon. Incorporate exercises like wall calf stretches and eccentric heel drops into your routine. While a tendon is irratated this may be painful so it is important to know when and when not to stretch.
  • Strengthening: Build strength in the calf muscles to support the Achilles. Focus on exercises like calf raises to improve muscle balance.
  • Footwear: Evaluate your footwear. Shoes with proper arch support and cushioning can reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.

Is it okay to walk/run with Achilles pain?

The key is to strike a balance between maintaining activity levels and allowing for adequate recovery. Early on, rest may be essential, but as symptoms improve, light walking and gradual reintroduction of running can be considered. However, it’s crucial to listen to your body and avoid activities that worsen the pain.

How long does Achilles pain take to heal?

The healing timeline for Achilles pain varies based on individual factors and the severity of the injury. While mild cases might improve in a few weeks with proper care, more severe cases could take several months. Consistent adherence to treatment protocols, including rest and rehabilitation exercises, is crucial for optimal recovery.

What does Achilles pain feel like?

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Achilles pain often manifests as a dull ache, stiffness, or a burning sensation along the back of the leg or above the heel. Some individuals may also experience swelling or tenderness in the affected area.

Can you push through Achilles pain?

Pushing through Achilles pain is not recommended. Continued stress on the tendon can lead to further damage and a prolonged recovery period. It’s essential to prioritise rest, listen to your body, and gradually reintroduce activities only when the pain has subsided.

Distinguishing Achilles pain from other conditions

Achilles pain should be carefully differentiated from conditions like plantar fasciitis or calf muscle strains. Seek professional advice if you’re uncertain about your symptoms. Diagnostic tools such as imaging studies may be employed to confirm the diagnosis and guide appropriate treatment.

Ready to conquer Achilles pain and get back on track? Follow these insights and personalised guidance for a successful recovery!

What is shockwave therapy for tendon pain?

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Think of Shockwave Therapy as a gentle wake-up call for your body’s natural healing abilities. These acoustic waves are like little messengers that tell your body to increase blood flow and produce important healing substances & reduce chemical processes responsible for pain & inflammation. It’s like pressing the reset button on your body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate tissue repair. For more information on shockwave please read this Article by our Myotherapist Megan or view the offical website HERE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: OSTEO BAYLEY FORBES

Hello, readers! I’m Osteo Bayley, and I’m delighted to bring you this comprehensive blog on shin splints. As an accredited running coach with a passion for guiding individuals from injury to peak performance, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges that come with shin splints and the importance of a balanced approach to recovery. My mission is to share valuable insights, evidence-based strategies, and practical tips to help you better understand and manage shin splints. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a fitness enthusiast, my goal is to empower you on your journey to optimal health and performance. Let’s lace up those running shoes and stride towards a pain-free, active lifestyle together!

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