Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This is the tendon that comes down from your calf and inserts into your heel.
Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis
Whenever there’s Achilles tendonitis, your calf will be sore and tender. When you first get up out of bed after resting all night, you end up disturbing the tendon and inflaming it. This causes pain in your calf and/or heel.
Stretching your calf could also increase the amount of pain you feel. With Achilles tendonitis, your calves will feel really tight. It’s also possible that your hamstring or buttock muscles are tight – and that ends up pulling on the Achilles tendon like a bowstring. All the parts of your skeleton are connected to each other.
What’s the Cause? – That’s What Your Chiropractor Will Solve
The question is what is causing the inflammation – and that’s the job of your chiropractor. It could be that you started doing much more running than what you were used to. That’s enough to cause Achilles tendonitis. You could also have a bone spur that is causing the condition. Or tight muscles in the glutes, hamstrings, or calves can also be the culprit.
Medical Misdiagnosis of Achilles Problems
Sometimes medical doctors misdiagnose Achilles tendonitis. This is seen in cases where ice is used to decrease the inflammation in the heel but the pain doesn’t go away with the ice.
Instead of there being inflammation in the Achilles tendon, what could be happening is that there are really adhesions there instead. This is called Achille’s tendonosis. Whether it’s tendonitis or tendinosis, your chiropractor can help.
What Your Chiropractor Will Do During Treatment
Your chiropractor will use a specific manual type of hands-on treatment that works directly on the muscles surrounding the area. Different stroking techniques will begin to release the tendon from its pain.
Your chiropractor will also evaluate your muscles for weakness. By helping you strengthen the weak muscles, you will be able to keep your body realigned for longer periods of time. Misalignment often is part of the root cause of Achilles tendon problems.
Of course, your chiropractor will also adjust your spine and joints that need to be adjusted besides doing all the soft tissue work. He will have a whole protocol he will use that will start to show you real progress with this condition.
If you have any issues with your Achilles tendon, now is the time to give us a call. Why put up with pain one more week?