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Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis and Tendinosis treatment in Eagan, MN

Achilles tendinitis is generally considered an overuse injury and is common in runners, athletes and weekend warriors, especially when changing activities or increasing intensity. The Achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue that runs along the back of your ankle and connects your calf muscles to your heel. It allows you to toe-off when walking and running or lift you heels off of the ground while standing. The Achilles tendon also absorbs some of the impact when landing during running and jumping.

When Achilles tendon pain initially starts, it is generally related to an activity like running and requires just a short course of treatment along with rest and at-home care. Some cases of Achilles tendinitis don’t resolve or don’t heal correctly and cause long term pain and often need more aggressive treatment, this condition is generally termed Achilles tendinopathy.  Achilles tendinopathy can become a chronic issue and is believed to be a result of a poor healing response. Some cases of Achilles tendon pain can also be caused by tears or ruptures in the tendon that may require surgical repair.

Your treatment for Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis will depend on your specific exam, history and condition.  It often includes modifying your training and activities, stretching, rehab exercises, and Graston Technique.

Treatments for Achilles tendon pain:

Chiropractic Adjustments: Joint mobilizations may be used to address biomechanical changes in your foot, ankle, knee, hip, or low back that may contribute to increased stress on the Achilles tendon.

Graston Technique: Specialized instruments are used to mobilize affected soft tissue to improve recovery and reduce pain (also called instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization-IASTM).

Acupuncture or Trigger Point Dry Needling: These treatments involve inserting thin acupuncture needles into the body in order to cause a muscle to relax, decrease pain, or stimulate a healing response.

Myofascial Release/Trigger Point Therapy: These work on the muscles of the lower leg to loosen tight muscles and fascia to taking strain off of the Achilles tendon.

Rehab Exercises: Specific exercises may be used in the office or at home to address muscle imbalances, improve strength and endurance, or promote proper tissue healing. 

Specific Stretches: Stretches used to target the Achilles tendon, or surrounding tissue, to regain normal function.

Rocktape (kinesio tape) or Athletic tape:  Tape may be used to support the arch of your foot, relieve stress on the Achilles tendon, or address other issues.

Electric Muscle stimulation: A gentle current is used through the bottom of the foot and surrounding muscles to relax the muscles and reduce pain, in order to get the area ready for treatment.