Shockwave Therapy for Achilles Tendinitis

Shockwave therapy for Achilles tendinitis has become a conventional therapy in recent years as news and reports of its success have become more widely known. Although Achilles tendinitis is common amongst sportsmen, particularly runners and joggers, many people with a more sedentary lifestyle also suffer from the condition especially those with an above average Body Mass Index (BMI). Almost twice as many men as women suffer from Achilles tendinitis, though this is probably due to the differences in the elasticity of the tendon between the sexes.

Signs & Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis

Your symptoms may be pain (often along with a swelling) along the back of the foot and heel, stiffness in the mornings particularly when going down stairs and pain that worsens with activity or exercise. The Achilles may feel tender. Achilles tendinitis can interfere with your day-to-day lifestyle and may become chronic if not correctly and promptly treated.

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What Happens During Shockwave Therapy for Achilles Tendinitis

Please arrive at the clinic wearing casual clothes. During shock wave therapy, high-intensity sound waves are sent to the tissues of the Achillies. This stimulates numerous beneficial effects such as the ingrowth of new blood vessel, the reversal of chronic inflammation and the stimulation of new tissue growth.

How We Apply Shockwave Therapy for Achilles Tendinitis

We will isolate the area that needs to be treated and use a gel to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. Rather than the regular gels that some practitioners use, we now advocate and use castor oil as the medium between the shockwave equipment and the patient for many of our shockwave procedures. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil. Then using our focussed shockwave equipment we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.

How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?

Generally, shockwave for Achilles tendinitis and heel pain will resolve after three to four sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it before seeing us, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.

As part of your treatment it is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.

Conclusions

Patients who have suffered from Achilles tendinitis can often make a faster recovery and return to their sport or exercise regime by undergoing shock wave therapy. In independent research published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine shock wave therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy.

We are one of the few shockwave therapy specialist clinics in the UK with the expertise of treating Achilles Tendinitis using the latest Swiss engineered focussed shockwave equipment. We undertake this in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy to aid the outcome of the treatment.

To find out more, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now – or better still call us right away to discuss your problem:  Tel: 020 3609 0080.

References

  1. Shockwave therapy for chronic Achilles tendinopathy: A double-blind, randomised clinical trial of efficacy.
  2. Eccentric Loading Versus Eccentric Loading Plus Shock-Wave Treatment for Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy
  3. Eccentric Loading versus Shockwave Treatment: Eccentric Loading Compared with Shock Wave Treatment for Chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy: A Randomized, Controlled Trial