Achilles Tendinitis is normally caused by trigger points in the lower leg muscles which puts strain on their attachments, causing inflammation. Releasing these trigger points and stretching the tightened, shortened fascia using DMR Therapy® normally ends the pain almost immediately.
The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your calcaneus or heel bone. Tendonitis is inflammation in the tendon, in this case, that of the calf muscles, where they attach to the heel.
Achilles tendonitis is experienced as pain and stiffness at the back of the leg, near the heel. It normally begins with a mild ache above the heel, but may eventually become extremely painful.
Often self-care strategies are recommended, often known by the acronym R.I.C.E.:
- Res Avoid exercise, or in more extreme cases, wear a walking boot and use crutches.
- Ice. apply an ice pack to the tendon.
- Compression. Wraps or compressive elastic bandages to reduce swelling and reduce movement.
- Elevation. Raise the affected foot above the level of your heart to reduce swelling
Medications might be recommended
- Over the counter medications: such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain relievers
Physical therapy is often the next step
- Exercises: stretching and strengthening
- Orthotic devices: A shoe insert or wedge that elevates your heel to relieve strain on the tendon.
Surgery: In extreme cases
DMR THERAPY®: POINT OF VIEW, TREATMENT
Achilles tendinitis is caused by trigger points in the Soleus or Tibialis Posterior muscles in the calf or tight muscles and/or tight fascia in the lower leg which stretch and put strain on the tendon.
Pain is felt in the red areas, especially at the point of attachment to the heel, causing pain and inflammation. Releasing these trigger points and stretching the tightened, shortened fascia using DMR Therapy® normally ends the pain almost immediately.