The sun is shining (at least as I write this)! The weather is warm! The flowers are blooming and the bird are singing! Are you enjoying this glorious summer, Doctors Jereme and Sarah? I know we sure are.
Now that the weather has (finally) warmed up and we are all getting outside more, some of you may be getting back to those outdoor sports you love such as running, pickleball, or soccer – but if you suffer from Achilles Tendonitis, chances are that thing you love so much is not feeling so great anymore. Let’s take a look at what it is, who it impacts, and how we here at Balance Within PT can help.
What Is Achilles Tendonitis, And What Are The Symptoms?
Well, before we dive into what the condition is, it might be helpful to draw attention to what the body part is in the first place. The Achilles Tendon is an *extremely* strong tendon that sits at the back of the heel and extends up the calf, starting right where the two muscles of the calves come together. It’s main function is to propel you forward and lift your heel when walking, running, or otherwise moving forward in space.
There are two main indicators of Achilles Tendonitis:
1. If you find you are waking up with a sore, tight feeling ankle and calf, you may be experiencing Achilles Tendonitis. Oftentimes in the beginning stages, this pain can go away on its own as you start to move about your day and your body gets accustomed to movement again.
2. If you notice the back of your ankle/calf becomes REALLY irritated, tight, sore, and inflammed after exercise, that is a very strong indicator you’re experiencing Achilles Tendonitis. One telltale sign of this condition is if you attempt to stretch it out, that really only irritates the situation and makes things worse.
What Causes This Unfortunate Condition?
As with all injuries, there can be so many reasons why one begins to develop Achilles Tendonitis, and it’s really best discussed one to one with your physical therapist so they can appropriately assess what’s going on with YOU specifically.
With that said, one of the main culprits of Achilles Tendonitis is a collapse of the arch in the foot. The tendon in question is a very strong, very straight tendon. It needs to stay straight in order to properly do its job! Unfortunately, when people begin to develop “pancake feet” where the sole of your foot begins to collapse into towards the ground, this causes that strong, straight tendon in the back of the heal to twist painfully. This puts sometimes literally tons of pressure on this tendon, and while it is remarkably strong, it isn’t indestructible. If there is enough strain upon the tendon from that flattened foot below, it can eventually cause tearing. No bueno!
What Can Be Done About It?
Working with a trained PT can make an almost immediate difference in helping something like Achilles Tendonitis, and our therapists in particular specialize in getting to the root cause of your situation efficiently.
Sometimes, your PT may recommend custom orthotics to help support the foot, which in turn helps to stabilize the entire bottom body system. It’s all connected, you see!
As Dr. Kayla shared in the video, there are SO many reasons why your Achilles Tendon may be causing issues, but we here at Balance Within PT are experts at getting to the root cause and providing you with the tools and exercises to get you feeling yourself in no time.
Did you hear the exciting news? We are *thrilled* about our very fancy-schmancy, state of the art new 3D foot scanner designed to show you in real time exactly what is going on with your body and your feet.
We are offering FREE foot and body scans to ANYONE who’s interested in seeing what the health of their arches looks like, and our PTs would be thrilled to meet with you, get you scanned, and share their expert opinion about what they see with you.
Schedule Your Free Ankle Health Discovery Visit Today
Click the link above or call us at 262.264.8701 to chat with us about how we can help get you on the path to feeling strong, leak-free and great in your body again.
Life’s too short to suffer!
To your health & happiness,
Doctors Sarah, Jereme, Megan, Kayla, Jill & The Balance Within PT Team
With all this talk about orthotics and the new scanning technology we have available in our clinic, we thought it’d be an excellent time to run a sale to celebrate.
This month, if you purchase one pair of orthotics (insoles OR custom made flip-flops!) you will receive $50 off the regular price of a pair.
Want more? If you get two or pair, you can enjoy $70 off each pair – and there’s no limit to the number you can get!
Now is a GREAT time to stock up on insoles and summer sandals designed to help YOU enjoy your best summer in Wisconsin life.
Stop in to the clinic today to get your feet scanned by one of our experts, have your results interpreted right then and there, and find out if our custom orthotics are the right fit for you.