What You Need to Know about Achilles Tendonitis

Closeup of lean muscular African American male runner massaging injured leg suffering from Achilles tendonitis as he stands in shorts on green lawn

Not many people know that the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It is also the tendon that allows us to walk, run, jump, and just move around. But strong though it may be, the Achilles tendon can also suffer from tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis can leave you immobilized for a while.

 

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Inflammation is our body’s natural reaction. This is what happens when we get sick or injured. In a nutshell, Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This inflammation often comes with pain, swelling, and irritation.

 

 

There are two types of Achilles tendonitis. First, there is the Non-insertional Achilles Tendonitis which affects the middle of the tendon. Younger people who play active sports are more prone to this type of tendonitis. Then there’s the Insertional Achilles Tendonitis which affects he lower part of the tendon. This type of tendonitis can happen to anyone at any given time.

 

What are the Usual Causes of Achilles Tendonitis?

Overusing the tendons (which happens when you run too fast, too hard, or for an extended period) is the most common cause of Achilles tendonitis. It can also happen when you suddenly slow down or change direction too abruptly. It is true that this injury is more common in athletes but it can also happen to people with fallen arches or flat feet or those whose leg muscles are always tight like women who wear heels a lot.

 

What are the Most Common Symptoms of This Type of Tendonitis?

If you are feeling pain just above your heel when you are doing stretches or when you are standing on your toes, it is likely that you are experiencing Achilles tendonitis. Other common symptoms include tenderness and swelling.

 

What Should You Do if You Are Suffering from It?

If it’s the first time that you experience Achilles tendonitis, you can try applying ice on the area, elevating your legs, and of course, limiting or completely stopping your physical activities. Resting gives your tendon time to heal.

 

Low-Level Laser Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis

If your tendonitis gets worse or it becomes chronic, you should consider Low-Level Laser Therapy. This increases the energy available to the cell and helps it quickly get rid of waste products. When your ligaments, muscles, and tendons are exposed to laser light, they can heal faster.

 

Laser therapy also helps increase blood flow, reduce swelling, and minimize pain.

Do you want to know more about Low-Level Laser Therapy and how it can help you recover from Achilles Tendonitis? Contact Sloan Natural Health Center! We will walk you through the whole process and answer all your queries. Call us now!

 

 

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