When the Achilles heel or the lubricating tissues which surround the tendon become inflamed, then it’s referred to as Achillodynia and is a condition which affects both professional and amateur athletes. The Achilles tendon is one of the longest in the body and stretches from the bones of the heel to the calf muscles. You can feel it as a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It’s what lets you point your toes to the floor and extend your foot. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most commonly injured tendons and affects sports people in particular. The injuries are caused by a form of tendinitis which makes the tendon feel sore and swollen. In a severe injury the tendon can partially tear or totally rupture. The condition is generally caused by overuse but wearing high heels and increasing your level of physical activity too quickly can also contribute.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is an alternative non-surgical approach to pain relief that we regularly use to cure common foot problems such as heel pain, Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. It’s rapidly growing in popularity with over 90 percent of patients experiencing a reduction in their pain. Because it’s a non-invasive treatment which is performed outside of the body, it promotes a faster healing time and offers fewer possible side effects. Read on to find out more about the conditions we can treat with ESWT.
Our machines we use for these types of treatment.