Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis

February 23rd, 2024

Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain in the Achilles tendon, a thick band of tissue connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. It often affects athletes and individuals engaged in physical activities that involve repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon.  While often referred to as achilles tendinitis, the more correct term is achilles tendinopathy.  The suffix -itis implies inflammation.  While inflammation can be present in the very early stages or after acute flare-ups, it is a deconditioning of the tendon that is predominantly at play.    

If you’re suffering from Achilles tendinitis, you may have explored various treatment options. One approach worth considering is seeking treatment from a sports chiropractor. In this blog post, we will delve into the causes and symptoms of Achilles tendinitis and discuss how sports chiropractic care can provide relief and aid in the recovery process.



Understanding Achilles Tendinitis:

Achilles tendinitis typically develops due to overuse or repetitive strain on the Achilles tendon. This can occur from activities such as running, jumping, or sudden increases in training intensity. The condition is characterized by symptoms like pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness in the back of the heel or lower calf. Left untreated, Achilles tendinitis can lead to chronic pain, limited mobility, and even further damage to the tendon.


There are two types of achilles tendinitis: insertional and noninsertional.  The type will determine the treatment, so an accurate diagnosis is important.  Additionally, there are achilles tendinitis mimickers.  Retrocalcaneal bursitis, soleus muscle strain, tarsal tunnel syndrome, peritendinitis, and sever’s disease are commonly mistaken for achilles tendinitis and should be ruled out in anyone dealing with heel pain.    



Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis:

At TruMotion Therapy we specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries, including conditions like Achilles tendinitis. We have a deep understanding of how the body functions during physical activities and can provide targeted treatments to address the root causes of the problem. Here are some ways in which sports chiropractic care can benefit individuals with Achilles tendinitis:


1. Accurate Diagnosis:

When you visit a sports chiropractor, we will perform a thorough examination of your condition, including assessing your gait, range of motion, and overall biomechanics. This comprehensive evaluation helps in diagnosing the precise cause of your Achilles tendinitis, as it can be influenced by factors such as foot mechanics, muscle imbalances, or improper movement patterns.


2. Individualized Treatment Plans:

As sports chiropractors we take a personalized approach to treatment. We will develop a tailored treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals. This plan may include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitative exercises, and laser therapy to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function.


Achilles tendinitis occurs because the tendon was not prepared for the stress that was put on it.  In order to rehabilitate the injury and insure it is less likely to return, a strengthening program is key.  The specific type of achilles tendinitis will determine which strength exercise will work best.  Stretching is commonly prescribed as a treatment, but caution should be taken not to overstretch as putting too much stretch on the tendon can delay healing.  

Here is an example of an exercise used to strengthen the achilles tendon.


3. Addressing Underlying Factors:

In addition to providing pain relief, sports chiropractors focus on addressing the underlying factors contributing to Achilles tendinitis. By correcting biomechanical imbalances, improving joint mobility, and strengthening surrounding muscles, we can help prevent future injury recurrences and enhance your overall athletic performance.


If you’re struggling with Achilles tendinitis, seeking treatment from a sports chiropractor can be a valuable step toward finding relief and promoting healing. Our expertise in assessing and addressing musculoskeletal injuries, combined with their personalized treatment plans, can help alleviate pain, restore function, and improve your overall well-being. Remember to consult with a qualified sports chiropractor who has experience in treating Achilles tendinitis, and always follow their guidance for a safe and effective recovery process.¬† Click here to book an appointment at our Charlotte location and begin feeling better!


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