Achilles Tendon Pain Relief
Achilles tendon pain can really make you lose that “spring” in your step. Your Achilles tendon needs to feel great for you to further ramp up your work load for speed or further distance. The good news is that no matter what the source of your Achilles tendon pain is, 3 Planes can help you recover. If you’re living with any type of Achilles tendon pain, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our movement specialists.
What is Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendinosis?
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles (uh-KILL-eez) tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.
Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It's also common in middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends.
More-serious cases of Achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears (ruptures) that may require surgical repair. If you are serious about continuing to run or participate in sport, you need a solid strategy around your recovery. You will need you Achilles tendon to meet the demand of your activities. The only way to do that is to make sure your legs are strong enough and identify the movements that might be continuing to strain it.
· Movement deviations during running like knee forward to toe or excessive foot pronation (arch collapse)
· Weakness & decreased endurance in the calf
3 Planes Fixes for Achilles tendon pain:
· 3D Motion Capture: Using high speed cameras and 3D motion technology, we identify where in your run your movement is less optimal. Using verbal and visual cues, we are able to train you to run in a better pattern.
· Strength testing using a dynamometer: Using a dynamometer we are able to identify weaknesses in your legs that may be contributing to your issue.
· Unload: With an acute Achilles tendinitis injury, there may have to be a period of rest before reintroducing exercise to the legs again.
· Home Exercise & Movement Correction Training: Repetition is key in building strength. It would be expected that exercises are performed at least 3-5 times per week. Beyond just exercising part of your homework will be to work on the movement corrections during running.
Movement and strength testing is considered one of the fastest ways to identify issues with Achilles tendon pain during running. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!