The Achilles tendon extends from the calf musculature and attaches to the heel. Its attachment allows for the two calf muscles to control movements of the foot. This tendon can become irritated and inflamed, which is known as Achilles tendonitis. This can be extremely painful and prevent you from performing everyday activities or performing in sports endeavors. Achilles tendonitis typically occurs when there is excessive stress placed on the lower leg and foot. When the stress is experienced small tears can occur over time. Athletes and performers, such as dancers, whose activities contain not only running and jumping, but also sudden starts and stops, are especially vulnerable to Achilles tendonitis. It is also possible that a one-time incident, such as jumping, can cause this condition to develop. Women wearing high-heeled shoes often develop a high risk for tendonitis because the position of the heels causing a shortening of the tendon itself. Then when putting on a flat pair of shoes; for instance gym shoes, the tendon is being stretched further then its resting length in high heels.
Most injuries of the Achilles tendon do not result from recent acute injury, but as stated above, develop gradually over weeks or months. These are “overuse” or “misuse” conditions caused by excessive and/or repetitive motion, often associated with poor biomechanics. Because of the association with poor biomechanics, Achilles tendonitis chiropractic care can be incredibly beneficial. Realigning the joints of the spine, pelvis and lower extremities can take the stress off the tendon and allow for the healing process to occur. Continuing to keep the stress at bay with adjustments can also help prevent this from happening again. If this is not taken care of the damage can worsen and possibly lead to a rupture of the entire tendon and require surgical repair. Getting adjusted can help to prevent further damage and prevent an injury to ever occur.
How We Can Help
We use state-of-the-art scanning technology to measure nervous system function and progress throughout a patients care. This scanning technology allows use to see what root causes are contributing to the patients symptoms. The scans are done during the first visit for every patient as well as at the end of treatment plans to compare and demonstrate changes that were made during their care. In addition, the initial consultation includes a detailed history and chiropractic examination. The history includes any past illnesses or problems experienced, the details of the current complaint, and social and family health. During the chiropractic examination a series of tests are performed for specific areas of the body; including the spine and any extremities deemed necessary by one of our chiropractors.
Our chiropractors use specialized techniques with an emphasis on SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique). Other techniques include Diversified, Gonstead and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique). Our doctors also have a background in soft tissue techniques (massage therapy) and training in fascial movement taping. Our client demographic is very diverse including families, pregnant women, infants/toddlers and athletes of all ages. Our athletes vary from young athletes, weekend warriors, college athletes and professional competing athletes.