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Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles tendinitis is pain and swelling in the thick tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel. It is the largest tendon in the body and allows you to run, walk, jump and go up and down stairs.

Problems with the Achilles Tendon usually happen gradually over a period of time. They particularly affect people who play sport, especially runners and jumpers. 

How do we treat tendinitis at the Mansfield Clinic?

First of all the diagnosis has to be made. This is usually straightforward with Achilles tendinitis, but sometimes an MRI scan is required to rule out the possibility of tears within the Achilles tendon.

Treatment of established cases of Achilles tendinitis will usually involve manual therapy such as osteopathy and carefully constructed exercise regimes. In cases that do not respond to these measures, a new technique called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy can be used.

In cases that do not respond to simple treatments, surgery may need to be considered. Dr Allfree will be able to arrange the appropriate referral.

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