The Achilles tendon connects the calf to the heel and is formed by the gastrocnemius and soleus (calf) muscles. The tendon may become inflamed or irritated due to overuse, most commonly seen in running and jumping sports. When the tendon becomes inflamed, pain and stiffness are usually felt 2-6 cm above the heel that increases with activity/stretching and often feels worse in the morning . If the inflammation continues, it may progress to a more severe condition leading to adhesions in the tendon or even rupture of the muscle tendon.
Common causes of Achilles tendon pain are: increased running mileage, change in running shoe, increased hill or trail running, trauma, overpronation, frequent jumping.
At Boulder Sports Chiropractic, our Chiropractors will use Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) to identify which muscles are compensating for "sleepy" or weak muscles, extensive muscle work (Active Release Technique, or Graston Technique) to eliminate muscle adhesions in the leg and hip, chiropractic adjustments to the lower back, hip, knee, and ankle to promote proper joint movement, Kinesio or Rock tape to decrease tension on the tendon, and physical therapy (corrective exercises and stretches) to restore proper movement and strength in the hips and decrease tension on the tendon.
If you feel you have been suffering from Achilles tendon pain, schedule an appointment today to see how our Boulder Chiropractors can help get you pain relief.